We continue our look at the best Gamecocks by jersey number in the Spurrier Era. Today, we feature the best to wear numbers 40-49, including one of the best defenders in school history.
#40 Eric Norwood
Norwood set the school records for sacks and tackles for loss during his Gamecock career. He was a first-team All-American in his freshman season. As a sophomore against Kentucky, Norwood tied an NCAA record with two defensive touchdowns.
Runner-up: Jared Jeffcoat
#41 Jordin Lindsey
A linebacker and defensive end who played in 45 games during his career, Lindsey was in on 100 tackles over four years. He was named South Carolina's Outstanding Defenisve Player in the Liberty Bowl win over Houston, intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.
Runner-up: Josh Dickerson
#42 Travian Robertson
Robertson was the only true freshman to start the 2007 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. He finished his career with 111 total tackles. As a sophomore, racked up six tackles against Clemson.
Runner-up: Ricardo Hurley
#43 Ryan Brown
A defensive lineman, linebacker, and fullback during his time with the Gamecocks, Brown made 39 stops in his first three years, including forcing a fumble against Kentucky as a junior.
Runner-up: Toquavius Gilchrist
#44 Tony Straughter
Straughter made 48 tackles in his two seasons in Columbia. He recovered a fumble against Georgia in 2009 and had a 52-yard fumble return in the 2010 season opener against Southern Miss.
Runner-up: Dustin Lindsney
#45 Rodney Paulk
A first-team Freshman All-SEC player in 2006, Paulk began his Gamecock career by making 36 tackles in his first season. Despite missing nearly two full seasons with injuries, Paulk still made over 120 tackles in his career.
Runner-up: De'Adrian Coley
#46 Dalton Wilson
Wilson was a fullback who was used primarily on special teams. He returned two kicks against Furman in 2010.
Runner-up: Brian Kingrey
#47 Patrick DiMarco
A team captain and durable athlete, DiMarco split time at fullback and tight end in his career. He scored South Carolina's only touchdown in the upset of 4th-ranked Ole Miss in 2009.
Runner-up: Curtis Rice
#48 Lance Laury
Laury made 69 tackles and forced a fumble in his senior season for the Gamecocks. He made 12 stops against Missouri in the Independence Bowl.
Runner-up: Vanderal Shackleford
#49 Joey Scribner-Howard
Scribner-Howard averaged 38.9 yards on 52 punts in 2011. He kicked four touchbacks in 17 attempts in 2010.
Runner-up: Blake Blaxley