In 2011, Holloman was supposed to play Spur—a hybrid linebacker-safety position—but coaches moved him back to safety after two games. Now the 241-pounder has grown into the playmaking position, and his leadership skills will be critical.
RB MARCUS LATTIMORE JUNIOR
Lattimore tore a ligament in his left knee last season at Mississippi State but is on track for this year. The Gamecocks welcome back a star who averaged 4.9 yards a carry and scored 30 TDs his first two seasons.
QB CONNOR SHAW JUNIOR
Shaw's forte is big gains on designed QB runs, but that doesn't mean he can't throw. He completed 123 of 188 passes for 1,448 yards with 14 TDs and six picks, for a passer efficiency rating of 148.3.
DE DEVIN TAYLOR SENIOR
Playing alongside Melvin Ingram (now in the NFL) and Jadeveon Clowney might have made it tough to stand out last year, but it's hard to overshadow the 6' 8", 267-pound Taylor. In 2011 he had 8½ tackles for loss—six were sacks—an interception, two fumble recoveries and six hurries.