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Gamecocks report: Strategy and personnel

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SCOUTING THE OFFENSE
The offense has been strong for most of the season, but gave up four turnovers in its latest game against Auburn and six in its last two contests. Quarterback Stephen Garcia must take control of the offense and limit the mistakes if the team is to contend for the league title.

Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore, sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, sophomore center T. J. Johnson and junior guard Rokevious Watkins have been the standouts.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE
Defensively the Gamecocks had been dominant until facing Auburn. They need to again tighten up against the run and perform the way they did in the first three games. They also need to find a way to force more turnovers.

Senior end Cliff Matthews, considered the squad's top player, has underperformed and must become the leader on the field that was expected prior to the start of the season. The return of junior linebacker Shaq Wilson, who missed the first three games with an injured hamstring should be a boost to the unit as coordinator Ellis Johnson labels him the quarterback.

ROSTER REPORT

--Sophomore strong safety DeVonte Holloman suffered a mild concussion in the second half against Auburn but is expected to be ready when the Gamecocks host Alabama.

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