The South Carolina Gamecocks' need for improvement is obvious

In 2023, South Carolina had one of the worst offensive lines statistically in the entire FBS. The Gamecocks ran for 1,021 total yards, which ranked 126th out of 130 teams in 2023, and had the second fewest yards per run at 2.77. South Carolina also had 41 sacks, which ranked 118th in 2023. No offense can be successful if the big guys up front can't regroup the line of scrimmage in the running game or keep the quarterback upright in the passing game.

The good news!

Fortunately for Gamecock fans, Shane Beamer and his staff seem to have noticed their deficiencies. Three of last season's five starters return with another year of invaluable SEC experience. South Carolina also signed six new offensive linemen in 2024, including three veteran transfers and three freshmen. Not to mention, they signed their highest-rated offensive tackle duo in decades. Joshiah Thompson and Kam Pringle both ranked in the top-200 consensus rankings, with Thompson being South Carolina's highest-rated offensive line recruit of all time, according to 247sports.

Bottom line

If South Carolina wants to improve on its disappointing 2023 season (5-7), the Gamecocks MUST improve their offense to compete against the grueling SEC schedule. South Carolina fans can hope to see a higher level of play in week one against Old Dominion on August 31, 2024.

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