Scouting South Carolina State: trouble spots for the Tigers

QB Richard Cue, RB Julius Pendergrass, WR Tyler McDonald bring experience to skill positions

S.C. State wide receiver Tyler McDonald

S.C. State wide receiver Tyler McDonald

Scouting S.C. State: Trouble Spots For The Tigers

QB Richard Cue: He's got a season under his belt, and posted pretty good numbers - 1,819 yards passing and 11 touchdowns, and 322 yards on the ground. He's SC State's leading returning rusher.

RB Julius Pendergrass: With just 273 yards, he's the Bulldogs' most productive returning (and available) running back. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry, and is also a threat as a kick returner.

WR Tyler McDonald: He made 35 catches a year ago and averaged 15.5 yards per receptions, with a team-high four touchdown catches. He's a preseason first-team All-MEAC pick.

WR Caleb Davis: A capable possession receiver, he averaged 8.9 yards on 35 catches last season.

DE Kimario McFadden: He had 54 tackles, including two sacks, a year ago.

LB Joe Thomas: He was the Bulldogs' top defensive player until he was sidelined by injury midway through the season. He's healthy now and is a preseason all-conference choice.

LB Justin Hughes: He's SC State's leading returning tackler with 78, including five sacks. He also intercepted a pass last fall.

OL Tristen Bellamy: Considered one of the MEAC's top offensive linemen, he's another preseason all-league pick.

OL Javarius Leamon: Clemson fans will remember the name - he was a long-time commitment to the Tigers, and was the top-rated offensive lineman in the state two years ago. He redshirted last year, and will make his debut - at 6-7, 310 - as a second-team All-MEAC pick by Phil Steele. When all is said and done, it's quite likely he'll play in the NFL.

P-PK Nick Belcher: The preseason All-MEAC punter averaged 38.9 yards per kick last season. He was also 8-of-15 on field goals and was 24-of-26 on PATs.

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