The return of Wilds could boost South Carolina offense considerably

The running back would give the Gamecocks a much-needed boost offensively
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The myriad of injuries suffered by running back Brandon Wilds have directly correlated with South Carolina’s slow start to the 2015 season. 

A senior out of South Carolina, Wilds has missed the last two games, and played sparingly in the Gamecocks’ blowout to Georgia. With that said, he’s still the second-leading rusher on the team, and has run to the tune of a 5.2 yards-per-carry average. 

Wilds’ ability to run between the tackles is something South Carolina desperately misses. Flip-flopping between Shon Carson and David Williams, there hasn’t been much in the way of consistency with Wilds out. 

The passing game has been stunted with the turnover at quarterback, but the absence of Wilds is surely a contributing factor. He possesses the best receiving skills of any back on the roster, and could be South Carolina’s second-best receiver overall (behind Pharoh Cooper). 

With Wilds likely to suit up versus LSU on Saturday, his presence should be able to jump-start an offense in desperate need of a charge. If anything, he makes South Carolina’s offense far more dangerous. LSU won’t be able to solely key on Lorenzo Nunez in zone-ready opportunities, primarily because it has to respect Wilds’ ability to tote the rock.