USC’s Shell moved to left tackle

Goose Creek native Brandon Shell is listed at left tackle on South Carolina’s first preseason depth chart. Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina

HOOVER, Ala. — As expected, South Carolina offensive lineman Brandon Shell has been moved to left tackle, according to the first Gamecocks depth chart of the 2015 preseason.

The Goose Creek native, who played right tackle his first three years, missed the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn right labrum. But with the departure of Corey Robinson, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions, USC needed a more proven player at the left tackle positon to protect the blind side of likely first-year starting quarterback Connor Mitch.

That responsibility now falls to Shell, a rising senior who will carry a streak of 35 consecutive starts into USC’s Sept. 3 season opener against North Carolina in Charlotte. The 6-6, 327-pound Shell had been listed as starting right tackle on USC’s spring depth chart.

Mitch remained the No. 1 quarterback on the new depth chart, with Perry Orth second and Michael Scarnecchia third. Besides Shell, the remainder of the offensive line includes Cody Waldrop at left guard, Alan Knott at center, Will Sport at right guard and Mike Matulis or Mason Zandi at right tackle.

Pharoh Cooper, Deebo Samuel and Carlton Heard are listed as starters at the receiver positions, while Jerell Adams is at tight end and Brandon Wilds is the starter at running back.

The new depth chart also reflects the new 4-3 defensive scheme implemented by new co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke. Gerald Dixon and Marquavius Lewis are listed as the starters at defensive end, with Gerald Dixon Jr. and Phillip Dukes at the tackles. Skai Moore, Jonathan Walton and Larenz Bryant are listed as the starters at the three linebacker positions.

In the secondary, the projected starters are Chris Lammons and Rico McWilliams at cornerback, and Jordan Diggs and Chris Moody at safety.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is scheduled to speak Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days, where he will be accompanied by Moore, Cooper, and kicker Elliott Fry.