To help get you through college football's slow days of early July - before conference media days launch the preseason festivities - we've counted down the 10 most important South Carolina Gamecocks and 10 most important Clemson Tigers for 2014. One Gamecock and one Tiger every day, so you can spend part of your summer studying the players who will make a difference for your team come autumn.


Position: Receiver

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-1, 185

Hometown: Lexington

Last year: Finished with 25 catches, 455 yards, five touchdowns and developed into a vertical threat with 18.2 per catch, the fourth-best average in the SEC.

Previously: No. 10 So. S Chaz Elder, No. 9 So. C Cody Waldrop, No. 8 So. DE Gerald Dixon, No. 7 Sr. LT Corey Robinson


The lineage is listed under his official bio on South Carolina's athletics website. There is Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley. Alshon Jeffery and Ace Sanders. Bruce Ellington and .

Shaq Roland?

He's next in line. It's Roland's turn to carry on the legacy. The only question is whether South Carolina's junior receiver can handle the job.

It's a massive responsibility, being the No. 1 receiver at this level. Roland should be senior quarterback Dylan Thompson's go-to threat. The Lexington native has good size and speed, and that combination have been the primary ingredients to some memorable highlights. Still, Roland will have to find consistency to be a true No. 1 target.

Roland scored South Carolina's first touchdown last season on a 65-yard bomb from quarterback Connor Shaw. It was Roland's first career start. Before he crossed the end zone, expectations had already exploded.

For much of the season, fans waited to see more of highlights.

Roland had his moments, most memorably when he caught two touchdown passes against Mississippi State in November. He improved late in the season, finishing with six catches for 112 yards in South Carolina's win against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

It was enough to once again hand Roland hefty expectations entering this fall. With Ellington gone, somebody has to fill his void as the Gamecocks' main target in the passing game. Roland seems to have the best chance to successfully handle that role.

Previously: No. 10 So. S Chaz Elder, No. 9 So. C Cody Waldrop, No. 8 So. DE Gerald Dixon, No. 7 Sr. LT Corey Robinson