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.