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Writer: Secondary Becoming A Concern For USC

Travis Haney has left The Charleston Post & Courier for a job covering the Oklahoma Sooners’ football program.  Congrats to him.  Meanwhile, as the CP&C looks for a new full-time Carolina beatwriter, longtime sportswriter Andrew Miller will be handling some of the Gamecock coverage this fall.

In his introductory blog on the paper’s website, Miller puts forth a number of observations he’s already made regarding the SEC East favorites.  The one that stands out, is as follows:

“The injury to back-up safety Brison Williams might not seem like a big deal, but it’s turning into one.  With the suspension (DeVonte Holliman) and injuries (Akeem Auguste) the secondary is looking a little thin.  Now, I know every coach whines even when the back-up walk-on long snapper gets injured, but this is starting to turn into a real concern for (Ellis) Johnson, who’s going to have to scramble to fit the right pieces together by the East Carolina game.”

Two thoughts:

1.  If the secondary is banged up, the pass rush becomes even more important for the Cocks.  Jadeveon Clowney will need to be all he’s been cracked up to be right off the bat.

2.  After East Carolina, Steve Spurrier’s crew heads to Athens to face Aaron Murray, the league’s top returning quarterback.  Again, if the secondary is limited, Carolina’s pass rush will have to find a way to get consistent pressure on the very mobile Murray.

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