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First look at offensive depth chart and more observations from Monday’s USC practice

Sights and sounds from South Carolina’s Monday football practice

The University of South Carolina football team practiced Monday, Aug, 6, in preparation for the season that starts Sept. 1
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The University of South Carolina football team practiced Monday, Aug, 6, in preparation for the season that starts Sept. 1

The South Carolina football team opened the start of Monday’s practice to the media. A few observations from the first three periods.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel did early footwork drills but wasn’t in on the team work. Not sure if that means anything or not, but it explains his absence from the depth chart below.

Defensive tackle Josh Belk was still not in uniform. He’s waiting to be cleared after his physical, according to the team.

Southern California transfer Jamel Cook made his first appearance in a Gamecocks uniform.

We got a first look at the full-team offense, minus Deebo. The team was working on plays with the running back split out.

1st group

QB: Jake Bentley

RB: Rico Dowdle

WR: OrTre Smith, Bryan Edwards, Randrecous Davis

TE: K.C. Crosby

OL: Blake Camper, Dennis Daley, Zack Bailey, Sadarius Hutcherson, Donell Stanley

2nd group

QB: Michael Scarnecchia

RB: Deshaun Fenwick

WR: Shi Smith, Chavis Dawkins, Josh Vann

TE: Kyle Markway

OL: Malik Young, Jordan Rhodes, Chandler Farrell, Jovaughn Gwyn, Dylan Wonnum

The third group started getting into the walk-ons, but Dakereon Joyner was working at QB there, with Evan Hinson at tight end. It’s been interesting to watch how USC handles that No. 2 running back spot, often giving it to a younger back with the top three already established.

In a full-team defense drill, Sherrod Greene remained with the starters. It appeared USC was in it’s pass-rush package, so Bryson-Allen-Williams was reportedly across from D.J. Wonnum. Aaron Sterling was with the second group, with a line that included Daniel Fennell, Shameik Blackshear and Kingsley Enagbare. Jaycee Horn reportedly was getting first-team reps with Rashad Fenton not participating.

It appeared some of Greene’s relatives were also on hand. Former Gamecocks and former Swansea High School football coach Greg Wright was also on hand.

Linebacker Eldridge Thompson and Buck Brad Johnson were both out of yellow non-contact jerseys.

The group of players in yellow players included J.T. Ibe, Chad Terrell, Josh Vann, Lavonte Valentine, Ben Asbury, Jabari Ellis, Maxwell Iyama, Patrick Reedy, Sean McGonigal, Rosendo Louis, whose elbow was in a sling.

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