April 24, 2007

Inconsistency at WR opens door for newcomers

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

The Gamecocks entered spring practice searching for playmakers to help ease the loss of All-SEC receiver Sidney Rice, who chose to give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Now, with spring dills complete, it appears that only Kenny McKinley solidified his position on a depth chart that will remain unsettled until the fall when the nation's top rated receiver class arrives on campus.

McKinley, a 6-foot, 181-pound junior arrived at USC in the fall of 2005 in the shadow of Rivals100 receivers Carlos Thomas and O.J. Murdock. The Mableton, Ga., native was a high school quarterback that was recruited to play a position he had never played before. Now, entering his junior season, McKinley is the top receiver on a team searching for playmakers in the absence of Rice. Thomas was converted to cornerback and Murdock is no longer with the program. After a solid freshman campaign in 2005, last season McKinley blossomed in Spurrier's system, hauling in 51 receptions for 880 yards and five touchdowns.

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