Garrett Anderson - The 6'5, 293 pound Columbia (SC) native was touted as one of the best offensive linemen in the nation coming out of high school, and while the adjustment to the college game is never easy for freshman linemen, Anderson has worked his way onto the two deep during fall camp. He has already displayed excellent feet and decent technique, but as is the case with all freshman lineman, he needs time in the weight room to truly blossom into his potential. Nevertheless, the Gamecocks are short on depth this season, and Anderson will be asked to mature quickly while playing at second team right guard.
Pierre Andrews - The Gamecocks currently have six true freshman offensive lineman on campus, and out of those, the coaching staff would like no more than two or three to avoid a redshirt this season. Pierre Andrews, a 6'3, 286 pound center out of Charlotte, NC, appears on track to redshirt during the 2006 season. Many believe that Andrews possesses the toughness and intelligence to be the Gamecocks center of the future, but he clearly could use a redshirt year in the weight room.
Heath Batchelor - In what may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, Heath Batchelor entered fall camp with a minor knee injury, and he now appears headed for a redshirt season. Batchelor, a 6'7, 298 pound offensive tackle, is one of the most physically impressive freshman linemen, and if not for the knee ailment, he may have been able to work his way onto the two deep at right tackle. The high point of his fall camp came in the "Oklahoma Drills" when he put 6'5, 349 pound defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis on his back twice in a row. Ultimately, Batchelor has a very good upside, and by taking a redshirt year, he will reap the benefits down the road.
Moe Brown - One of the most entertaining freshmen to watch in fall camp has been wide receiver Moe Brown. The 6'0, 175 pound speedster has played well beyond his years at times, and before recently tweaking his ankle, he was competing at a high enough level to be considered one of the top four receivers on the team. Brown has displayed impressive route running for a true freshman, the ability to make yards after the catch, and what Coach Spurrier refers to as "football speed." Assuming he recovers quickly from his recent ankle injury, Brown is on track to see considerable snaps this season, and he has a bright future ahead of him.
Seaver Brown - Another lineman who will likely be afforded the luxury of a redshirt year is Seaver Brown. The 6'6, 316 pound offensive guard has the frame to be a very good lineman down the road, but it is evident that he needs a year in the weight room to adjust to the college level.
Hutch Eckerson - Much like Garrett Anderson, offensive tackle Hutch Eckerson was highly touted coming out of high school, and it appears that he will be joining Anderson on the second team offensive line this fall. Eckerson, who measures in at 6'6 and 290 pounds, is athletic and rangy, and he has the feet to man the all important left tackle spot. Although he would benefit from a year in the weight room, depth problems along the line will force him into a reserve role at left tackle this season.
Clark Gaston - The lone true freshman to enroll early and take part in spring practice was fullback Clark Gaston. The 6'2, 240 pound Tennessee product has shown flashes of potential in practice, including the ability to be a receiving threat out of the backfield, but a shoulder injury has slowed his progress this fall. Since the fullback duties appear to be in good hands with senior Lanard Stafford, Gaston is headed for a redshirt this season.
Chris Hail - A pleasant surprise during fall camp has been the play of wide receiver Chris Hail. The 5'11, 186 pound Hail has been timed running a sub 4.4 forty yard dash, and although he has been inconsistent and looked the part of a freshman at times, he has also shown the potential for a bright future. Hail is physically impressive for a true freshman, and he has even been given strong consideration as a punt and kickoff return specialist. However, the deciding factor for him may turn out to be the depth at the wide receiver position this fall. While Hail could contribute if called upon, it would be in his best interest to take a redshirt year, rather than competing for playing time on one of the deepest positions on the team.
Chris Smelley - The most publicized true freshman during fall camp has been quarterback Chris Smelley. The 6'3, 206 pound Alabama native has shined throughout fall camp, and he appears to have won the second team quarterback spot behind starter Blake Mitchell. Smelley has displayed a strong, accurate arm during practice, but equally as impressive has been his ability to sense pressure, buy time by rolling out of the pocket, and ultimately find receivers down field. He is an intelligent player, he has great instincts, and simply put, he does not look like a true freshman playing behind center. While it would be ideal to redshirt Smelley and save his talents for the future, that would not be justified, because he is the second best quarterback on the team.
Kevin Young - The third freshman offensive lineman who could be called upon to contribute this season is offensive guard Kevin Young. At 6'5 and a solid 331 pounds, Young has the size to compete as a true freshman, but while Garrett Anderson and Hutch Eckerson appear to be shoe-ins to contribute this year, Young is competing with senior Seth Edwards for a spot on the two deep at left guard. Edwards, a former walk-on, has been one of the most pleasant surprises of fall camp, and he is currently ahead of Young on the depth chart. If injuries and circumstances allow it, then it would be ideal to redshirt Young, but his fate is still up in the air.
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