Scouting South Carolina: trouble spots for the Tigers
QB Conner Shaw: He's an equal threat as a runner and passer, and is 25-5 as USC's starter, and is unbeaten at Williams-Brice Stadium. He was a semifinalist for both the Dave O'Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He a 65-percent career passer and has rushed for more than 1,500 yards in his career.
QB Dylan Thompson: Shaw's backup is 3-0 as a starter, including his 300-yard, three-touchdown performance last season against Clemson.
RB Mike Davis: James Davis' younger brother, Davis has carried the rushing load for the Gamecocks this season. He leads the SEC in rushing with a 111.2 average and has had seven 100-yard games this season.
RB Shon Carson: He alternates with Davis, and had a 102-yard performance against Florida, including a long run that set up USC's winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
PK Elliott Fry: His four field goals provided the Gamecocks' winning edge against Florida.
WR Bruce Ellington: Andre Ellington's cousin, Ellington leads the Gamecocks in receptions with 35 for more than 500 yards yards and five scores.
WR Damiere Bush: USC's fastest player, he has 26 catches for 506 yards in his last seven games.
WR Shaq Roland: He's averaging 19.5 yards per catch, and led the Gamecocks in receptions against Coastal Carolina.
DT Kelsey Quarles: He leads the Gamecocks in sacks this season with seven.
DE Jadeveon Clowney: He's had an inconsistent junior season, with just two sacks, after having 21 his first two seasons. He's still a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award.
TEs Rory Anderson & Jerrell Adams: The Gamecocks make good use of both their tight ends.
OG A.J. Cann: He leads all USC players in starts, and was a mid-season All-SEC pick.
OT Brandon Shell: He earned freshman All-America honors last season.
LB Skai Moore: The first-year freshman leads the team in tackles with 42.
DB Victor Hampton: The All-SEC candidate has two interceptions this season, and four in his career.
DB Jimmy Legree: He has six career interceptions.