Scouting South Carolina: trouble spots for the Tigers

Clemson has much first-hand experience with Gamecocks' offensive, defensive playmakers

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney celebrates with teammate Bruce Ellington.

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South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney celebrates with teammate Bruce Ellington.

Scouting South Carolina: trouble spots for the Tigers...

DE Jadeveon Clowney: The first-team mid-season All-American leads the team in sacks with 9.5. He has 16.5 sacks and 29.0 tackles for loss in 23 career games.

QB Connor Shaw: He's 16-3 as Steve Spurrier's starting quarterback, and is a two-time SEC offensive player of the week this season. He's best known for his running ability, but set a school record by completing 20 of 21 passes against Missouri.

PR/WR Ace Sanders: He's one of the most dangerous return men in the nation, averaging 13.8 on punt returns. He entered the Wofford game needing just 30 yards to set a new school punt return yardage record.

TE Justice Cunningham: A strong point-of-attack blocker, he's contributed 20 catches and 261 yards to the Gamecocks' offense this season.

DT Kelsey Quarles: He's made 31 tackles, including seven behind the line of scrimmage, this season.

DB D.J. Swearinger: He was named national defensive player of the week for his performance against Arkansas. He has six PBUs and 53 tackles.

DE Devin Taylor: He consistently plays behind the line of scrimmage - 33 career tackles for loss, the third highest total in South Carolina history.

RB Kenny Miles: He burned the Tigers last season, and moved into the starting lineup when Marcus Lattimore was injured.

RB Mike Davis: James Davis' little brother, he chose the Gamecocks over the Tigers.

LB Shaq Wilson: He leads the team in tackles with 62 and is tied for the lead in interceptions with two.

WR Bruce Ellington: The versatile cousin of Clemson's Andre Ellington is dangerous both as a receiver and rusher. He leads the Gamecocks in receptions with 28.

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