No major surprises on the offensive depth chart.
QB: Jake Bentley starting, Michael Scarnecchia the backup. That was the expectation.
WR: Deebo Samuel - Bryan Edwards - Shi Smith will be the look on three-wide sets while Terry Googer and OrTre Smith will back up Samuel and Edwards.
TE: Hayden Hurst and Jacob August, backed up by Kiel Pollard and K.C. Crosby. Likely that Will Register gets the redshirt when it’s all said and done. We may see a good deal of two TE sets on Saturday.
Muschamp: TEs are difficult to account for, both Hurst and Crosby can block and split out— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 29, 2017
RB: The situation between Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and Ty’son Williams looks to be too close to call at this point; although Dowdle will start on Saturday, it will be a running back by committee at least for now.
Muschamp says Rico Dowdle will start at RB but says all three guys will play. Echos coach Bentley, "whoever has the hot hand will carry us."— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) August 29, 2017
I was really impressed with Dowdle and liked what I saw from Turner in early season action, but while the jury’s still out on Williams since he simply hasn’t played a whole lot, the fact that he’s well within the RB competition speaks volumes.
OL: Malik Young - Donell Stanley - Alan Knott - Cory Helms - Zack Bailey from left to right. Dennis Daley, Sadarius Hutcherson, Chandler Farrell, Blake Camper, and D.J. Park are the backups. Muschamp said that he felt good about the backup group.
Muschamp: Daley, Park, Hutcherson, Farrell, Camper solid O-linemen behind starters.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) August 29, 2017
With that said, probably one of the big concerns is at RT - Eric Wolford has said that the level of competition behind Zack Bailey had not been consistent. Whether that improves over the course of the year remains to be seen.
DE: Dante Sawyer OR Keir Thomas at one end, D.J. Wonnum starting at other end with Daniel Fennell as backup. Thomas had a great camp and was able to work his way into the discussion, so we’ll see what’s in store for the true sophomore as he and Sawyer push each other.
DT: Taylor Stallworth and Ulric Jones starting; Kobe Smith and Javon Kinlaw second-string...for now. Don’t be surprised to see Kinlaw get heavy time in the rotation. Jones and Stallworth, by the way, combine for 617 pounds of big-time mass in the middle of the line.
LB: Bryson Allen-Williams (SAM), T.J. Brunson (MIKE), Skai Moore (WILL). Man, is it good to see Skai back on the game week depth chart. Backup LBs Eldridge Thompson and Sherrod Greene were mentioned during Muschamp’s press conference as players he’s very high on in 2017.
Muschamp said he likes the ability of Eldridge Thompson and Sherrod Greene. "I'm excited to see those guys play."— DailyGamecock Sports (@TDG_Sports) August 29, 2017
Secondary: Jamarcus King and Rashad Fenton (CB), D.J. Smith and Chris Lammons (S). Jamyest Williams will backup at CB and start at nickel.
Muschamp on Jamyest Williams: continues to learn, impressed with his level of play combined with intelligence, will play a lot early— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 29, 2017
On N.C. State
Obviously, the Wolfpack defensive line, led by Bradley Chubb, came up. It will certainly be a baptism by fire for the offensive front as they look to hold up well against a solid group.
Muschamp on NCS's front four: "They are very disruptive ... they have recruited extremely well there and have developed their players well.— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) August 29, 2017
Jaylen Samuels, the tight end, came up as well. The senior made 55 catches for 565 yards and seven touchdowns last year and ran for nine more.
Muschamp: J. Samuels of NCST is very difficult to prepare for, reason why he lines up in certain areas, trust your concepts— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 29, 2017
No Dreak Davis or Tavyn Jackson. Steven Montac “should be available”, according to Muschamp.
Muschamp: "Talk is cheap. You gotta go play."— Ben Breiner (@BreinerTheState) August 29, 2017
Muschamp: "We've had a bunch of practice tests so far. We have to do well on the exam."— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) August 29, 2017
Muschamp: "The best days for South Carolina football are ahead."— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) August 29, 2017