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South Carolina Gamecocks football 2014 roster preview: No. 32, Larenz Bryant

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Can talented sophomore make it onto the field in 2014?

Larenz Bryant
sophomore linebacker/spur
6'0'' / 220 lbs
Charlotte N.C.

Recruitment:
consensus four-star prospect, seventh-ranked outside linebacker

Other major offers:
Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech

College Career:
Bryant came in slated to play either outside or inside linebacker but was moved to spur soon after arriving on campus. He played in all 12 regular season games as a freshman, mostly on special teams. He registered seven tackles on the year, including a tackle for a loss while playing in mop-up duty against Coastal Carolina.

2014 Outlook:
Bryant was considered perhaps the most promising player in the 2013 class of incoming freshmen, and it was thought that he would play early as part of Carolina's young linebacking corps. However, he was moved to spur and didn't see many meaningful snaps at the position. While Sharrod Golightly struggled early in the season, many called for Bryant to get his chance, but with Golightly improving dramatically over the course of the season and Jordan Diggs entrenched right behind Golightly, Bryant found himself buried on the depth chart. He does get credit for being a productive special teams performers. With a year of experience under his belt, he may be ready to see more time on the field, but with both Golighlty and Diggs back, it's unclear what major role if any Bryant will play on the defense in 2014.

Trivia:
Bryant is a journalism major, which isn't a choice you usually see from football players.