23 Days and Counting: Cornerbacks

The University of South Carolina kicks-off it’s 2014 season in just a short 23 days. August 28 stands as the first game at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Gamecocks on the SEC Network against Texas A&M. Check out who stands at no.23 on the roster.

Sophomore Jamari Smith stands 5-foot-10, 197 pounds at cornerback from Jacksonville, Fla. The Fletcher High all-star is a versatile player who began his career with the Gamecocks at tailback. Then, Smith moved to cornerback, switching back to tailback and then again returning to corner this spring.

Listed on the second team as a cornerback this season, the Sunshine State-native saw quite a bit of action last year. Smith played in nine games, transitioning from running back to cornerback a week into fall camp and returning to the RB position during the week prior to playing the Volunteers.

Special teams was Smith’s forte. He notched 108 yards rushing on 14 carries to finish out the season.

The cornerback group is a talented bunch for the Gamecocks, and it’s been no less in the past with elite athletes like Stephon Gilmore.

With cornerbacks Victor Hampton and Jimmy Legree moving onto the next point in their football careers, the 2014 season stages a lot of young talent for the garnet and black.

In recent news, there had been an academic scuffle for cornerbacks Wesley Green and Chris Lammons. There was talk the two may not be accepted into the University, but received approval. The two freshman could possibly play a big role this season.

This position has to be one of the biggest concerns for South Carolina this season.

Senior Sidney Rhodes will more than likely tackle the job on first-team, but he has a special teams background. He saw action in all 13 games last season, with seven tackles including five solo stops.

RS-Sophomore Rico McWilliams is also at the top of the position. The Georgia-native continues to recover from his knee injury that came into play just before the 2012 season. Last season, he played in nine games.

Redshirt freshman Ali Groves looks to be a contributor this fall at corner, as well. The Stephenson-alum is continuing to recover from right shoulder surgery and is listed on the second -team unit this fall.

Brand-new to the roster and adding depth to corner is Al Harris,Jr. The St. Thomas Aquinas-alum. is the son to two-time pro bowl corner Al Harris, Sr. A Sunshine State-native, he was noted as a three-star with over 15 scholarship offers from various schools around the country.

As the season plays out, the cornerback position will become a little more clear and the Gamecocks will be able to place a confident bet on who will be a frontrunner on the roster.

GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the upcoming season.

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