3. TOP SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS
Best South Carolina Offensive Player
QB Jake Bentley, Sr.
The 6-4, 220-pound senior only seems like he’s been around since the Lou Holtz era. He’s got the size and the arm, but now he needs his three years of starting experience to translate into fewer mistakes.
He’ll hit well over 60% of his passes, he’ll push the ball deep with a good receiving corps to work with, and he’ll be the coolest guy in the room in a few clutch spots, but the interceptions have got to slow down after giving away 14 last year and 30 in his career.
2. WR Bryan Edwards, Sr.
3. WR Shi Smith, Jr.
4. QB Ryan Hilinski, Fr.
5. TE Kiel Pollard, Sr.
Best South Carolina Defensive Player
LB TJ Brunson, Sr.
There are other excellent options in the linebacking corps, and there has to be room and time on the inside for freshman Derek Boykins and sophomore Ernest Jones, but the 6-1, 235-pound Brunson is the leading returning star.
A great leader with good toughness, he came up with a team-high 106 tackles with four sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. One of the only bright spots in the bowl loss to Virginia, he made 12 tackles, and went through a three-game midseason stretch with 45 stops.
2. DT Javon Kinlaw, Sr.
3. DE DJ Wonnum, Sr.
4. P Joseph Charlton, Sr.
5. LB Sherrod Greene, Jr.