According to their game notes, Tech will be missing the following former starters: Marty Jones- safety;
Zack Ziegler- wide receiver; and Tremaine Hudson- running back. In addition, Austin Tallant, a standout safety, is questionable.
It appears that the injury bug has hit Tech particularly hard in the secondary. They will be starting Jimmy Laughlin, a true freshman from Vestavia Hills, at safety and William Dillard, another young player from Vestavia, at corner.
Can the Gamecocks can take advantage of the situation? With the exception of the EKU game where there may have been a problem with the game balls, Ivory has been amazingly efficient and the Gamecock receivers have looked great. Alan Bonner has shown why he is an NFL prospect, Kevyn Cooper is having his best season and Gabriel Chambers is emerging as more than just a return man. Its a shame that we did not get to see what Markis Merrill could have done this year- reportedly a special player.
The Golden Eagles' losses on offense do not appear to be as significant. While Hudson is a starter, it appears that his role is primarily as a blocker as he only has eight attempts on the year. It will be interesting to see whether his absence will impact the performance of Tech's outstanding running back, Adam Urbano. Likewise, the loss of Zack Ziegler at wide receiver (3 games, 5 catches) appears to be something they can overcome given the presence of Da'Rick Rogers and Tech's other fine receivers.