Harris gives South Carolina's Beamer era a nice building block

South Carolina Athletics photo / South Carolina running back Kevin Harris led the Southeastern Conference in rushing last season with 113.8 yards per game.

There will be many instances leading up to South Carolina's season opener against Eastern Illinois in which the offense gets the better of the defense in practices.

The offense, after all, does have junior running back Kevin Harris on its side.

"He's a stud," Gamecocks fifth-year senior tight end Nick Muse said at SEC Media Days. "He's a great guy and does the right things in and out of the building. He's on the academic honor roll. When you see him running behind you - I could miss a block, and I'm still confident he's going to make a positive play out of it just because of how much athletic ability he has and just who he is in general.

"He's 220 pounds of straight muscle, so not many people want to tackle him, and he runs pretty dang fast."