Auburn Football: Scouting the South Carolina Defense and Special Teams

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Sep 6, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore (10) looks to stop East Carolina Pirates running back Chris Hairston (22) during game action between the South Carolina Gamecocks and East Carolina Pirates at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina wins 33-23 over East Carolina. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


The South Carolina linebacker corps is the most talented group the team has on defense, however, much like the defensive unit as a whole, the linebackers have been inconsistent and have underperformed this season. Overall, the group is small, but very fast, which should help defending the pass, but is a liability in run defense.

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The best of the group is Skai Moore, who leads the team with 43 total tackles. Moore, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder with safety size and speed, actually led the squad last season as well as a true freshman.

While Moore is the most talented, Sharrod Golightly has been the best member of the unit this season. Golightly plays the Spur position, which is similar to Auburn’s Star and the senior has been very active. He has recorded 23 total tackles, a sack and an interception this year. Jordan Diggs also plays the position and has started two games.

TJ Holloman started the first three games of the season, but has given way to Marcquis Roberts. Jonathan Walton is also in the mix to start and will see the field often.

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