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Melvin Ingram heading into rSr season: April is often called the liars month in the NFL, as so much disinformation is dispersed that it can make one head's swim. But Chargers general manager A. J. Smith, facing a sink-or-swim season in regard to his job security, was true to his word. After being active in free agency to shore up holes on offense, the Chargers turned to defense during the draft. Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram was the biggest catch, a pass-rusher from South Carolina who'll give the team's coaches a versatile player to tinker with. But on the heels of Ingram came defensive tackle Kendall Reyes from Connecticut and strong safety Brandon Taylor by way of LSU. Reyes will likely be slid outside in the Chargers' 3-4 setup, and Taylor could battle newcomer Atari Bigby for a starting job. The team's final four picks were offensive players -- two linemen - as it was clear the Chargers were using this draft to get better on defense. BEST PICK: Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram: With the NFL's worst third-down defense last season, it was imperative the team improve on passing downs. With Ingram, they got their man and just maybe he supplies a jolt to the Bolts' pass rush. With 21.5 sacks in his last two seasons at South Carolina, Ingram could help resurrect the team's ability to get after quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange
*Jadeveon Clowney heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/1 - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, 6-5, 266, South Carolina...Texans resisted opportunities to trade down and selected the highest-rated prospect in the draft. Has tremendous pass-rush skills, but must play hard on every down. Will play outside linebacker on weak side in base 3-4 scheme and drop down to right end in passing situations. - The Sports Xchange
*Stephon Gilmore heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 1/10 - Stephon Gilmore, CB, 6-0, 193, South Carolina...With veteran corners Drayton Florence and Terrence McGee at that uncertain age, the Bills found a player who could step into their starting lineup at some point as a rookie. Gilmore has the speed (4.38) to cover deep and the aggressiveness to come up and help against the run, a complete player with few flaws. - The Sports Xchange
A.J. Cann heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 3/67 - A.J. Cann, G, 6-3, 313, South Carolina..The pick may have surprised some since the Jaguars definitely need to upgrade at linebacker and wide receiver still. But they are intent on making sure last year's sack total of 71, easily the highest in the league, is reduced drastically. Cann's addition strengthens an offensive line that was previously addressed in free agency. It leaves the Jaguars with five potential starters at the three interior positions on the line, the first time in ages that this much quality depth exists on the O-line. Cann's first-team selection as an All-SEC guard and a second-team All-America as a senior is an indication he's ready to play at the next level. - The Sports Xchange
Jasper Brinkley heading into rSr season: 2008: Brinkley captured All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors...Started all but the Florida game at middle linebacker, ranking third on the team with 65 tackles (42 solos)... Had 2.5 sacks for minus 20 yards, five stops for losses totaling 24 yards and three QB pressures...Caused two fumbles and picked off a pass...Helped the Gamecocks rank fourth in the SEC and 13th in the nation in total defense (291.92) and lead the conference while finishing second in the NCAA ranks with an average of 159.23 yards allowed passing...Brinkley started 29 of 30 games at South Carolina, recording 193 tackles (142 solos) with 7.5 sacks for minus 42 yards, 20.5 stops for losses of 65 yards and five pressures...Batted down five passes, intercepted three others for 40 yards in returns and caused two fumbles...His 85 solo tackles in 2006 rank second in school history, topped by Jonathan Martin (93 in 2002)...His 14.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2006 placed him fourth on the school single-season record list behind Eric Norwood (19.5 in 2007), Rickey Hagood (16.0 in 1983) and Andrew Provence (15.0 in 1982)...2007: 4 GP; 4 GS; 15 Sol-21 TT, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 1 PBU; Received a medical redshirt for the 2007 season… was the only Gamecock named pre-season first team All-SEC by both the SEC coaches and the media in 2007 and was named to the pre-season watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award, Butkus Award and for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award… finished the season with 21 tackles including 15 solo stops in four games…2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; 85 Sol-107 TT, 14.5 TFL, 5 SK, 4 PBU, 2 QBH; Former junior college transfer who earned first team All-SEC honors by the Associated Press in 2006… arrived in Columbia in January of 2006 and went through spring drills… started all 13 games… team's leading tackler with 107 total stops, over twice as many as any other player on the squad… an amazing 79 percent of those (85 of 107) were solo stops… ranked fourth in the league and 55th in the country in tackles, averaging 8.2 per game… of the returning SEC players, only Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard had more tackles than Brinkley in 2006… led the team and was sixth in the league with 14.5 tackles for loss… also recorded 5.0 sacks… led the team in tackles in eight of 13 games...JC: Attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. Where he was coached by Bert Williams… was a preseason first-team All-America linebacker who earned second-team post-season All-America accolades… recognized as the team's MVP both as a freshman and sophomore...Twin brother, Casper, also signed with USC.
D.J. Swearinger heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/57 - D.S. Swearinger, FS, 5-11, 208, South Carolina...They wanted a young free safety for Ed Reed to groom. Swearinger lacks height, but he's fearless and a hard hitter. They envision him playing near the line of scrimmage in their "sub-package" that requires three safeties. - The Sports Xchange
Antonio Allen heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 7/242-Antonio Allen, S, 6-2, 210, South Carolina...Hard-hitting and played both linebacker and safety in college, which provides the Jets much-needed versatility. - The Sports Xchange
*Alshon Jeffery heading into Jr season: The Bears did nothing to improve the offensive line that has failed the past two seasons to protect quarterback Jay Cutler. However, new general manager Phil Emery, in his first time running a draft, addressed the lack of pass-rush pressure by taking Shea McClellin in the first round. While the 6-3 1/2, 260-pound McClellin may be a bit of a tweener, he has a track record for getting after the quarterback. Round 2 brought another weapon for Cutler in big receiver Alshon Jeffery, who could be special; and in Round 4 Emery gambled on character concern tight end Evan Rodriguez, who is undersized but a talented pass catcher. For the eighth straight year the Bears drafted a safety, but 6-3, 220-pound Brandon Hardin must be converted from cornerback. A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/45 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, 6-3, 216, South Carolina...Bears traded up five spots to make sure they got the highest rated player on their board at 45. Had huge sophomore season in 2010 (88 catches, 1,517 yards, 17.2-yard average, nine touchdowns), but production plummeted last season (49-762-15.6-8). Great red-zone production (23 career touchdowns). Excels at competing for jump balls and adjusting to the ball. BEST PICK: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The big knock on the big pass catcher was that Jeffery couldn't run a lick. But the Bears clocked him at 4.47 at his Pro Day, and they believe he possesses almost every other trait needed to become an impact player, especially in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange
*Emanuel Cook heading into Jr season: 2007: 11 GP; 9 GS; 77 Sol-92 TT, 8 TFL, 4 SK, 3 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FF; One of the Gamecocks' toughest players and surest tacklers... named second team All-SEC in 2007 by the SEC coaches...2006: 10 GP; 10 GS; KR: 1-20-20-0; 40 Sol-47 TT, 5 TFL, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Earned Freshman All-SEC honors by both the league's coaches and The Sporting News... tied for third on the team in tackles with 47, including 40 solo stops, despite playing only 10 games.
Ryan Succop heading into Sr season: 2007: XP 37-37, FG 13-17, 40-49: 5-8, 50+ 0-1, Long 49, 11 TB-60 KO; P 56-2330-41.6, 3 TB, 13 FC, 15 in 20, 3 blocked; Carolina's punter and placekicker... was an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection in 2007... earned 2007 SEC first team pre-season honors as a placekicker by the media and was a second-team selection by the coaches.... also earned preseason second team All-SEC honors as a punter by both the media and coaches... named to the 2007 pre-season Lou Groza Award watch list after being a semi-finalist for the award in 2006... also named to the Ray Guy Award watch list... was 13-for-17 in field goal attempts in 2007... three of his four misses came from at least 47 yards out (47, 48 and 50)...2006: XP 37-39, FG 16-20, 40-49: 6-8, 50+ 2-3, Long 55, 29 TB-73 KO; P 29-1267-43.7, 0 TB, 4 FC, 7 in 20, 0 blocked; Earned second-team All-SEC honors as selected by the league's coaches... a semi-finalist for the Groza Award... connected on 16-of-20 of his field goal tries... his 80.0 percent accuracy was fourth in the SEC... actually only missed two - a 51-yarder that hit the left upright against Georgia and a 33-yarder against Houston in the Liberty Bowl... other two misses were blocked... was 10-for-11 from inside 47 yards... booted a 50-yarder against Tennessee and a career-high 55-yarder - the second longest in school history - against Vanderbilt...2005: FG 0-2, 40-49: 0-2, 50+ 0-0, 29 TB-59 KO; Handled the kickoff chores as a true freshman and was the backup placekicker... kicked off 59 times for a 62.3 yard average with 29 touchbacks (49 pct.)... attempted two field goals, missing from 50 yards against UCF and from 46 versus Georgia.
Darian Stewart heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 46 Sol-64 TT, 9 TFL, 2 SK, 8 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF; Turned in an excellent season without much accolade… tied for fourth on the team with 64 tackles and was second with 9.0 tackles for loss… led the team with eight pass breakups… earned the Joe Morrison Award as the Defensive Player of the Spring. 2007: 12 GP; 10 GS; 56 Sol-68 TT, 3 TFL, 2 INT, 7 PBU, 2 FR, 2 FF; Started 10 games, including each of the last eight contests… finished with 56 solo stops, second on the team. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-7 TT; Saw action in 12 of 13 games as a true freshman, both on defense and on special teams.
Jamon Meredith heading into rSr season: 2008: Recipient of the Harold White Grade Point Average Award (3.7 GPA)...Meredith started nine of the 11 games he appeared in...The NCAA ruled him ineligible to play in the team's first two contests vs. North Carolina State and Virginia...A right ankle sprain in fall camp was again re-injured vs. Louisiana State, missing most of that game while seeing very limited action the next two weeks vs. Tennessee and Arkansas...Was the team's starting left tackle in his first 2008 appearance, vs. Georgia, and then shifted to left guard for the balance of the schedule...Recorded 48 knockdowns with five touchdown-resulting blocks and two down field blocks, grading 80.0% for blocking consistency...Penalized twice and allowed four quarterback sacks and two pressures...Part of a front wall that saw the Gamecocks slip to 97th in the nation in total offense (316.54 yards per game), 96th in scoring (20.77 ppg), 112th in rushing (94.08 ypg) and 111th in sacks allowed (3.00 spg)...2007: Started at left tackle...2006: Started all 13 games... started the first seven games at right tackle, then moved to left tackle for the final six contests... given a game ball following the win at Vanderbilt when he switched from right tackle to left tackle after intermission... named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts in helping Carolina knock off 24th-ranked Clemson... the USC offense gained nearly 500 yards of offense against a Tiger defense that had allowed an average of just 250 yards previously... the Gamecocks totaled over 400 yards of offense in each of the season's final four games... presented the Andrew Sorensen Scholar-Athlete Award for Football during the spring game...2005: Earned four starts during the season, all at right tackle, including the bowl game against Missouri... made his first career start versus Kentucky... took over the right tackle spot halfway through the Arkansas contest and started each of the final two regular season games...2004: Rookie who saw action in one game, getting in for three plays against Vanderbilt... granted a redshirt year but will need to sit out the first two games of the `08 season.
T.J. Johnson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 7/251 - T.J. Johnson, C, 6-4, 310, South Carolina...Set the record for starts in a career. Known as a cerebral player. While not the most technically gifted player shows potential for development. He will be a project for Paul Alexander to train into a starter, likely practice-squad player. - The Sports Xchange
Eric Norwood heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 50 Sol-75 TT, 14.5 TFL, 9 SK, 1 PBU, 9 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Earned first-team All-SEC accolades from the Associated Press and the league's coaches… made the conversion from defensive end to linebacker… second on the team with 75 tackles… led the team with 9.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries… was second in the SEC in sacks was fourth in tackles for loss. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; PR: 1-16-16-0; 46 Sol-69 TT, 19.5 TFL, 6 SK, 3 PBU, 9 QBH, 3 FR, 1 BLK; Rabbed first team All-SEC by the league's coaches, second team All-SEC by the Associated Press … second on the squad with 69 tackles, including a school-record 19.5 tackles for loss… His 1.62 tackles for loss per game ranked third in the SEC, and tied for seventh in the nation… tied for first in the SEC with three fumble recoveries… also was credited with a team-high nine quarterback hurries… named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week, the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski and the Master Coaches National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Kentucky… tied an NCAA record by returning two fumbles for touchdowns - scoring from two and from 53-yards out - registered five unassisted tackles including a tackle for loss, had two pass deflections and a quarterback hurry in the nationally-televised Thursday night win. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 22 Sol-30 TT, 9 TFL, 7 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH; Named first team Freshman All-America and first team Freshman All-SEC honors by The Sporting News and second team Freshman All-America by Rivals.com… recorded 7.0 sacks, tying for the team lead with Casper Brinkley… also led the team with five quarterback hurries… was third on the team with 9.0 tackles for loss.
*Marcus Lattimore heading into Jr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/131 -- Marcus Lattimore, CB, 5-11, 221, South Carolina...Steal of the draft? If Lattimore was completely healthy, he would have been the draft's top running back. With Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter making up an impressive backfield, the 49ers have the luxury of bring Lattimore back slowly. - The Sports Xchange
*Mike Davis heading into Jr season: A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 4/126 -- Mike Davis, RB, 5-9, 217, South Carolina...A power runner with a low center of gravity. Sound familiar, 49ers fans? Davis has the look of a younger Frank Gore, who used the hide-behind-the-guards style to earn a featured spot in the 49ers record book. The 49ers enter the offseason happy with their tandem of Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush. But both are injury-prone, which could provide Davis an opportunity more sooner than later. - The Sports Xchange
Spencer Lanning heading into rSr season: 2009: Was the only player in the SEC to handle both the punting and placekicking duties... USC's leading scorer with 79 points, the seventh-most in school history... fourth in the SEC and tied for the fourth-highest single-season mark in school history with 17 field goals while converting 85.0 percent of his attempts... named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award... ranked sixth in the SEC in punting, averaging 41.9 yards per punt with a long of 56 yards... named to the Ray Guy Watch List... averaged 41.7 yards on six punts at NC State including a career-long of 55 yards and three inside the 20...2008: Earned the starting punting duties in the fall... averaged 42.1 yards per punt in his first tour of duty, ranking sixth in the SEC and 28th in the nation... 13 of his 48 punts were inside the 20...2007: Walk-on kicker who scored his first collegiate point on an extra point in the win over South Carolina State...2006: Served as a reserve punter as a true freshman... did not see any game action.
Chris Culliver heading into Sr season: 2010: Started seven of first eight games this season... Suffered season-ending injury (torn pectoral) vs. Tennessee... Finished career as South Carolina’s all-time leader in kickoff returns (106) and kick return yardage (2,476)... Third in SEC history in kick returns and kick return yards... Led team with season-high seven tackles at Kentucky... Preseason All-SEC selection by the coaches, Phil Steele and Athlon...2009: Second-team All-SEC pick by the AP... started 12 games... logged 62 tackles, the team's third-highest total... also returned 26 kickoffs for 585 yards, an average of 22.5 yards per return...2008: Gamecocks' starting free safety and kick returner... started 12 games... logged 60 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss... credited with three interceptions, three pass break ups and forced two fumbles... ranked fourth in the SEC in kick returns, averaging 24.1 yards per return on 34 returns (821 total yards)...2007: Named to the All-SEC Freshman team as a kick returner by the Sporting News... returned 34 kicks for 809 yards as a true freshman... his 23.8-yard return average ranked eighth in the SEC... his 809 kick return yards ranked second in school history, behind only the 880 yards logged by Dick Harris in 1970... made his first and only start at wide receiver against Tennessee.
Weslye Saunders heading into Sr season: 2010: Suspended...did not play in 2010...2009: Junior tight end who was named to the Mackey preseason Watch List... played in 12 of 13 games making 10 starts...ranked third on the squad with 32 receptions... logged 353 yards receiving, 11.0 yards per catch with three touchdowns... started quickly with 12 catches in the first two games...2008: Appeared in all 13 games, making three starts... caught 16 passes for 214 yards, an average of 13.4 yards per catch... caught three touchdown passes, second on the squad...2007: Put together a solid freshman campaign that saw him garner Freshman All-SEC honors by the Sporting News... played in 11-of-12 games, missing only the South Carolina State contest... caught 12 passes for 151 yards, an average of 12.6 yards per reception.
*Bruce Ellington heading into rJr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: Round 4/106 -- Bruce Ellington, WR, 5-9, 197, South Carolina...Ellington gives the 49ers a much-needed deep threat and slot receiver. The two-sport star also played basketball for the Gamecocks, so he brings exceptional athleticism. He plays faster than his 4.45 40 time indicates, giving San Francisco another option for kickoff and punt return duties. A playmaker, Ellington has starter skills in a compact frame. - The Sports Xchange
Corey Robinson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Lions' seven picks: Round 7/240 -- Corey Robinson, T, 6-7, 324, South Carolina...Robinson fits the mold of undrafted tackles the Lions targeted the last two years, the big-bodied LaAdrian Waddle and Cornelius Lucas, but they didn't want to risk missing him. With Waddle potentially recovering from his knee injury into the season, Robinson provides an SEC-tested tackle option who can be Lucas' backup at right tackle. - The Sports Xchange
DeVonte Holloman heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 6/185 -- DeVonte Holloman, LB, 6-1, 243, South Carolina...Holloman was very productive in college, starting 35 of 51 games at South Carolina, with 22 at strong safety and 13 at linebacker. He recorded 57 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions as a senior. Holloman has one black mark on his resume because of a DUI arrest in 2011. But he is a prototypical Sam linebacker and fills a need at the position for the Cowboys. - The Sports Xchange
*Ace Sanders heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 4/101 - Ace Sanders, WR/PR, 5-7, 178, South Carolina...Sanders fills a role that the Jaguars have been lacking in recent years, that of a punt returner. He's listed at wide receiver and he told the local media that "I'm a wide receiver who also returns punts." But the Jaguars will likely see his role in the reverse order. They have several established young receivers but need help with the kick return game. Sanders can fill that void. - The Sports Xchange
Rokevious Watkins heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 5/150 - Rokevious Watkins, OG, 6-4, 330, South Carolina...Two-year starter after transferring from Georgia Military College, and played both guard and tackle. The Rams have an opening at left guard, and they hope the massive Watkins can come in and compete. COULD SURPRISE: Guard Rokevious Watkins - Played numerous positions in two years in college, but could be a stalwart at guard if takes to the coaching of Paul Boudreau. - The Sports Xchange
Cliff Matthews heading into Sr season: 2010: Named second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches...Started all 13 games at defensive end...Recorded 38 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks, during the season...Holds school record for most career starts (46), passing Travelle Wharton’s 45 with a start in the SEC Championship Game...Had a season-high seven tackles in SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn and forced a Cam Newton fumble in the second quarter...Had a sack and forced a fumble vs. Clemson; the sack gave him 14.5 for his career and moved him past Phil Ellis for eighth on the all-time Carolina list...Took restrictive shoulder harness off for Tennessee game and responded with his best game of the season - four tackles, including a season-high 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble that led to a Gamecock touchdown...2009: Junior defensive end known for his tremendous hustle on every play... one of four captains named prior to the start of the season... named second-team All-SEC by the league's coaches and an honorable mention selection by the Associated Press... recorded 47 tackles including 35 solo stops... had 10.0 tackles for loss including 7.0 sacks... ranked in the SEC's top 5 in sacks, led the league with four fumble recoveries and was tied for second with three forced fumbles...2008: Moved to defensive end after spending most of his freshman season at outside linebacker... logged 32 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks...2007: Named to both the SEC Coaches and the Sporting News Freshman All-SEC team as an outside linebacker... also named to the honorable mention freshman All-America squad by the Sporting News... played in all 12 games, making nine starts at outside linebacker...recorded 26 tackles, including 20 solo stops... had a pair of tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Rory Anderson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 7/254 -- Rory Anderson, TE, 6-4, 244, South Carolina...The second tight end selected by the 49ers, Anderson isn't at all like the first one, Oklahoma's Blake Bell. Anderson made a career out of catching the ball at South Carolina and is seen as a down-the-field threat similar to 49ers starter Vernon Davis. Anderson is still recovering from surgery on a torn triceps that occurred during the 2014 season. - The Sports Xchange
Devin Taylor heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 4/132 - Devin Taylor, DE, 6-7, 276, South Carolina...The love affair with the SEC continues. Taylor is a developmental player with freakish athleticism. He is 6-7, 266 pounds, with 4.72 speed and a 36-inch arm span. His total wing span is 87 inches and his vertical jump is 35 inches. - The Sports Xchange
Kenny McKinley heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 5-15-3-0; Pass: 1-0-0-0-0-0; Rec: 77-968-12.6-9; PR: 4-35-8.8-0; 1 Sol-1 TT, 1 PBU; Became the Gamecocks' go-to wide receiver in 2007... earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches, the Associated Press and CollegeFootballNews.com... was a second-team All-SEC pick by Rivals.com and by Phil Steele's... earned honorable mention All-America honors by CollegeFootballNews.com... led the team with a school-record 77 receptions, more than any other two players combined, for a team-best 968 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns... led the SEC in receptions (77), receptions per game (6.42) and in receiving yards per game (80.7)... tied for second among the SEC receivers with nine touchdowns... led the team in receptions in 10 of the 12 games and in receiving yards in nine of 12 contests... had four 100-yard receiving games in 2007, three against SEC opponents and one against Clemson, and has six in his career...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 1-0-0-0; Rec: 51-880-17.3-5; PR: 17-151-8.9-0; Started all 13 games... was second on the squad behind Rice in both receptions (51) and receiving yards (880)... averaged 17.3 yards per catch... the 51 receptions was the 10th highest mark in school history while the 880 receiving yards ranked sixth in a single season in Carolina history... his 67.7 yards per game average ranked 10th in the SEC... logged five touchdown receptions...2005: 12 GP; 6 GS; Rush: 5-17-3.4-0; Rec: 25-291-11.6-1; PR: 18-83-4.6-0; Worked his way into the starting lineup at wide receiver and also handled the punt return duties as a true freshman... started six games... ranked third on the team with 25 catches for 291 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per catch, with a touchdown... also returned 18 punts for 83 yards and rushed five times for 17 yards.
Garrett Chisolm heading into Sr season: 2010: Former walk-on who has made a major impact on the Gamecocks’ offensive line as a senior...Named second-team All-SEC by league’s coaches...Named to SEC Community Service Team...Started 12 of 13 games at left guard...Did not play vs. Furman (family emergency)... Nominated for Campbell Award (formerly known as Draddy Award)... Earned Harold White GPA Award for the offense in the spring...2009: Joined the squad when school began in August... worked his way into the two-deep... made his debut against SC State... made his first career start at left guard against Arkansas...2008: Attended South Carolina but did not participate in football...2007: Attended Trident Tech in Charleston...2006: Attended Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky. where he played football.
Justice Cunningham heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 7/254 - Justice Cunningham, TE, 6-3, 258, South Carolina...Mr. Irrelevant for 2013; the final player selected in the draft. Gives the Colts additional depth at the tight end position. He is the third tight end drafted by Indianapolis over the last two seasons. A strong blocker and receiver, Cunningham should fit in well in the Colts' new offensive system. Aggressive as a receiver. - The Sports Xchange
Stephen Garcia heading into rSr season: Pre-2011: Suspended twice in spring 2011, once for violating team rules before previous bowl game, then again after reportedly being drunk and belligerent at a team function. 2010: Started all 14 games… completed 64.2 percent of his passes, hitting on 224-of-349 attempts for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns against 14 interceptions… also rushed for six touchdowns, ranking second on the team … had what coach Steve Spurrier called "the best game of his career" when he was 17-for-20 for 201 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Gamecocks to a 35-21 win over No. 1 Alabama; earned national Offensive Player of the Week accolades by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week, SEC Offensive Player of the Week… one of 10 quarterbacks added to the midseason Manning Award watch list… was 19-for-34 for 243 yards in the bowl loss to Florida State… caught his first touchdown pass in that contest. 2009: Started every game… recorded one of the top seasons in Gamecock history, ranking fourth in yards (2,862), fourth in completions (239), tied for first in pass attempts (432) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes (17) … threw 10 interceptions and completed just 55.3 percent of his passes … ranked second in the SEC with 220.2 yards passing per game… rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns … had the best day of his young career when he connected on 31-of-53 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns at Georgia… all marks were personal highs… the 53 pass attempts tied for the second-highest single game total in school history, while the 31 completions matched the fourth-highest mark… also was the team's top rusher in the contest with 42 yards on the ground … completed 20-of-34 passes at Arkansas for a career-best 327 yards, including a 80-yard touchdown strike to Alshon Jeffery. 2008: Arrested for underage drinking in March 2008 at a campus dorm … saw action in eight games including three starts… completed 53.3 percent of his passes (65-for-122) for 832 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions on the year… also has a pair of rushing touchdowns and was second on the team with 198 rushing yards… came off the bench to lead Carolina to victory at Kentucky … playing just one and a half quarters, completed 10-of-14 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. 2007: Charged in February 2007 with drunkenness and failure to stop for officer … Charged with March 2007 with malicious injury to personal property for keying a professor's car … Enrolled at Carolina in January but did not participate in spring drills… worked as the scout team quarterback while taking a redshirt season. Personal: Brothers, Brian and Gary, both played football at Harvard… uncle, Ernie Garcia, played football at Florida State.
Travian Robertson heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 7/249 - Travian Robertson, DT, 6-4, 302, South Carolina...The Falcons expect Robertson to add some girth to the middle of their defense as a run-stuffing tackle. He is strong at the point of the attack and has some range to track down the ball carrier. - The Sports Xchange
Ladi Ajiboye heading into Sr season: 2010: Started 12 of 13 games...Is second on the squad in career starts with 44; only Cliff Matthews has more... Played sparingly in season-opener with broken hand... Made career-high seven tackles vs. Tennessee, including 1.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss...Had five tackles in win over Clemson...Had second sack of the season in win over Florida...Equaled then-career high with six tackles vs. Georgia...Made four tackles vs. Arkansas...Three stops vs. Alabama, Auburn and Vanderbilt...Also had three tackles in SEC Championship...2009: Sat out the first three games before returning to the starting lineup in game 4 against Ole Miss... started each of the final 10 contests... recorded 45 tackles including 4.0 tackles for loss...2008: Limited early in the fall by a broken right hand... started in 12 of 13 contests...recorded 22 tackles in 13 games, including 17 solo stops...2007: Named to the Sporting News second-team Freshman All-America squad and CollegeFootballNews.com third-team Freshman All-America team... also named Freshman All-SEC by both the SEC coaches and by the Sporting News... made 10 starts, most among the squad's freshmen... registered 39 tackles, most among the defensive tackles... 27 of the 39 tackles were solo stops... tied for third on the squad with 3.0 sacks.
Jarriel King heading into Sr season: 2010: Played in 11 of 13 games, earning seven starts...Earned first start at left tackle vs. Furman and started the next six games...Made first appearance vs. Georgia...Played vs. Troy, Clemson and in the SEC Championship Game but did not start...Missed Florida game after suffering concussion vs. Arkansas...Tied with T.J. Johnson for most starts of any offensive lineman (26)...Named Most Improved Offensive Lineman in the spring...2009: Started eight games overall... started the first four and five of the first six games at left tackle... moved to the starting left guard position against Alabama and Vanderbilt...2008: Became a stalwart at the left tackle position... joined the team in the fall and made the transition from a junior college defensive end to offensive tackle... made 11 starts on the season...JUCO: Sat out the fall of 2005 before enrolling at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., where he was considered a four-star prospect... played for Coach Bert Williams... started on the defensive line as a freshman in 2006 and recorded 23.5 tackles, including 2.5 sacks... ranked as the 40th-best junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com... named to the All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar magazine.
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