There was a lot of fanfare involved when Damiere Byrd became a Gamecock. He was the speed threat missing from this South Carolina offense and his ability on special teams was expected to bring that unit up another level.

Byrd ended up missing four games due to NCAA suspension and never got on track. He was used very little in the offensive gameplan as he missed valuable in-game experience over the course of the season.

However, with Alshon Jeffery gone, there will need to be a wide receiver or two to step in and pick up the slack. Damiere Byrd could be one of those players. He's not an individual that will go up and grab the jump ball as he stands only 5'9" tall but his elite speed can allow him to be utilized in several different ways on offense.

2011 Statistics:

  • Rushing - 10 attempts for 73 yards
  • Receiving - 1 catch for 16 yards
  • Kick Returns - 1 return for 24 yards

Why He's Important:

  • Byrd could help fill a void on this offense lacking a go-to wide receiver. South Carolina will utilize Byrd on jet sweeps, end arounds, etc. to try and gain an advantage with his track star speed. They need to find a suitable position for him at wide receiver to ideally get the most out of his abilities. His performance this spring could go a long way towards his impact on this offense in 2012.
  • He could also fill the void at kick returner now that Bruce Ellington has decided to play basketball only at South Carolina. Ellington has speed but Byrd seems quicker and he is a guy that can give the Gamecocks great field position if he works out well in this position.