Thursday, July 09, 2009
3 Gamecock Newcomers that will have a Impact in '09
Let's take a look at 3 gamecock newbies that will step up and be a big factor for the gamecocks in 2009. Not saying that they will shine out of the gate but overall they are key freshman to the gamecocks chances in 2009. I think this is fairly easily to guess and I want to say the following 3 will be on the All SEC Freshman team in '09 - -
1. CB Stephon Gilmore - he may be listed as a position player in the gamecock secondary but you could see him line up in the "cocky" formation (i.e "wild hog") to make plays for the offense. This kid can do good things on either side of the ball just get him on the field. I can see Spurrier using many trick plays with Gilmore somehow. USC coaching staff has stated that he is the best CB on the team and was a Parade All-American in high school. I think he will have no problem living up to the hype as long as he does not get "cocky." He has the size to play big opposing WRs and the speed to close in.
2. WR Alshon Jeffery- now that he is officially eligible for school, he can begin to learn the gamecock system because he will have to lace up and step up for the gamecock passing attack. He is a big time WR not only because of his size at 6-3 215lbs but this kid chose USC over USC for cryin out loud. Don't see that everyday and he will be the next USC receiver to play in the NFL as he will prove why he wears #1. Stephen Garcia needs him to be all that we hope him to be as the lost of McKinley and Cook hurts the 'cock n fire' offense. But I feel Jeffery and Jason Barnes will fill in nicely with some snaps under their belts and help Garcia look good in '09.
3. SS DeVonte Holloman - has the skills coming out of high school to take over where NFL players E Cook and Captain Munnerlyn left off. He will be challenged early on as the USC secondary that is deemed a weak spot by many will have to prove to the college football world that the Carolina Defense is not suffering setbacks but rebuilding. He knows how to wrap up the ball carrier but also has good hands to pull down a INT. I think he will also add heart to the D and aid the young CBs lock it down on the field.
thoughts? Who did I overlook?