2003 SEC Football Preview- South Carolina

In today's edition of our 2003 SEC Football preview we'll take a look at the South Carolina Gamecocks.


Head Coach: Lou Holtz (Career Rec: 238-120-7)
Offensive Coordinator: Skip Holtz
Defensive Coordinator: Charlie Strong

2002 Record: 5-7 overall (3-5 SEC)


Total Offense: 103rd (318.75)
Rushing Offense: 45th (167.00)
Passing Offense: 103rd (151.75)
Scoring Offense: 107th (18.75)
Total Defense:44th (351.42)
Rushing Defense: 71st (164.50)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 67th (123.01)
Scoring Defense: 34th (21.83)

South Carolina Head Coach Lou Holtz leads his team onto the field. (AP Photo/Grant Halverson)


Offense (3):

*LT Travelle Wharton (6-4, 310, Sr.)
TE Hart Turner (6-5, 247, Sr.)
WR Troy Williamson (6-2, 200, So.)

Defense (6):

DE George Gause (6-5, 265, Jr.)
DE Moe Thompson (6-4, 280, So.)
LB Lance Laury (6-2, 230, So.)
LB Jeremiah Garrison (6-1, 233, Sr.)
CB Dunta Robinson (6-0, 185, Jr.)
CB Deadre' Eiland (6-0, 210, Sr.)

* All-Star Candidates



Cornerback, coaching.


Offensive line, running back, quarterback.


September 13, at Georgia. USC lost a 13-7 heartbreaker in Columbia last season. A win would this season would help the team gain some momentum.


"Travelle Wharton is tremendous player, our captain, has provided great leadership. Now that ends the positives on offense. Lost four of five OL from last year, Have an unproven quarterback. We have turmoil at running back, don't know what situation will be there. Lot of problems at WR."

"We lost to Arkansas which won west, LSU which second, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson. Lost to five very good football teams. Only twice did we create a turnover. We did not have an interception, had very few sacks, did not create a turnover."

"Average starting field position on offense was our 18. We played good football teams and we did not play well in certain areas."

"Our quarterback was a great athlete and young man but did not think like a quarterback. We had some turnovers on offense, most were interceptions. It was a combination of things, not any one thing that created problems the last half of the year."

"Do we have the depth and can we compete week in and week out? We played Georgia and Tennessee on even keel last three years. Look at that and say can't be far away. But we haven't played Florida well, or we go up against the west. We don't do it on a consistent basis. I thought last year we would be a pretty good football team when looked at it on paper. This year look like we're a long way away. Right now looks darkest since I've been here except for first year. Just keep pounding on door and eventually sucker will break down. But got to do it week in and week out. Then the mental thing within the conference. Only been in here 10 years. Where our talent level is getting pretty good, I do worry about our mental capacity to play at a championship level each week."

"We had a good spring. We have a lot of question marks but had a good spring. Look at teams we lost to, could have won a couple of football games, but that's over, a different football team and we plan on moving on."

VandyMania Projection

South Carolina doesn't return much of its offense. Regardless of that fact expect the Gamecocks to be improved over 2002. 6-6 overall. 2-6 SEC.


Aug. 30 Louisiana-Lafayette, W 28-10
Sept. 6 Virginia, W 28-20
Sept. 13 at Georgia, L 31-28
Sept. 20 UAB, W 24-10
Sept. 27 at Tennessee, L 24-21
Oct. 11 Kentucky, W 34-21
Oct. 18 Louisiana State, L 17-13
Oct. 25 Vanderbilt, W 27-17
Nov. 1 at Ole Miss, L 31-27
Nov. 8 at Arkansas, L 31-28
Nov. 15 Florida, L 27-17
Nov. 22 Clemson, L 28-20

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