Will Kenny Miles return for his senior season?
With Marcus Lattimore and Shon Carson still sidelined with injuries, Miles appeared to be ahead of fellow running back Brandon Wilds. While Lattimore will still be the team's top running back in the fall, Miles should have a leg up as the backup in a very crowded backfield.
Miles should bring senior leadership and experience to the group, and if the spring is any indication, looks poised to play the best ball of his career.
Will the defensive line still be a strength?
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Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney could form the best bookends in the conference and would be in the conversation as the best pass-rushing duo of ends in the country.
Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles played a major role as a freshman and improved as the season went on. He should be a playmaking force on the interior.
Senior Byron Jerideau has waited for his time to start and holds an edge in the race to play alongside Quarles, but won't take that spot without a potential push from younger players like J.T. Surratt, Deon Green or Gerald Dixon, Jr.
Chaz Sutton would be a starter at DE most other years in South Carolina history and senior Aldrick Fordham will play a vital role as a savvy veteran who can play both end and tackle.
While Ingram's pure pass-rushing ability will certainly be missed, it's entirely possible that the 2012 South Carolina d-line will be as good or better than an excellent 2011 group.
Will young players step up at offensive tackle?
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While Mike Matulis, who came on strong late in his true freshman season last year, is likely he team's starting right tackle, the Gamecocks got bonus strong springs from several other players at tackle.
Cody Gibson appears to have grown into his frame and could be ready to play and potentially give Matulis a run for the right tackle job. Gibson did his best last season but didn't seem physically ready for SEC play. Corey Robinson made the move back to the o-line and showed gobs of potential. Robinson still struggles with the speed rush from time to time and needs to develop a mean streak, but the ability is there. Will Sport also earned praise from o-line coach Shawn Elliott.
This is still a young group overall but Elliott certainly seems to have some pieces to work with. It's not out of the realm of possibility that you could see a tackle move inside to help with potential depth concerns there.
Will DeVonte Holloman's move to SPUR work this time around?
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Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward made the move again this spring and it would be a major surprise if it didn't stick this time around.
Antonio Allen is an irreplaceable playmaker at SPUR but Holloman has shown a knack to make big plays in his career, and made a bunch of them in the spring. Playing closer to the line of scrimmage as he will at the SPUR should allow him to make even more plays in game situations as well.
The Gamecocks will get back D.J. Swearinger at the field safety spot and Ward appears confident in Brison Williams being ready to start at the boundary safety position. There are still questions about the depth at all three of those positions but the starting spots appear to be settled.
Is there a backup QB in place who the coaches trust?
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Dylan Thompson has improved every year he's been in the program and has rightfully earned the backup quarterback job for now. Thompson has earned the staff's respect with his hard work and growing knowledge of the playbook and how to play the position.
Tanner McEvoy had a strong finish to the spring and looked very comfortable in the spring game. He could make a push for that job in the fall, but if he does, that just means the Gamecocks have more depth at the always-important QB spot.