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The spot ‘needs to be more productive’ for South Carolina, and it’s missing a leader

Usually, a college football team wants its leaders in place at all times to, well, lead.

In South Carolina’s case this spring, there might be some benefit to missing a staple at the linebacker position, even if it’s a position the coaches need more from after last year’s performance.

Middle linebacker T.J. Brunson won’t see the field in March, the fallout of several surgeries. In some ways, that might not be the worst thing.

“With TJ out, me and Sherrod (Greene) have to pick up the slack at the linebacker group,” sophomore linebacker Ernest Jones said.