Peach State Starters for South Carolina

With 25 percent of South Carolina’s roster from the state of Georgia, take a look at some Peach State notables going into Saturday’s game.

Redshirt freshman Alan Knott is emerging on the scene at South Carolina as a front-runner for the Gamecocks. Knott stood at center in the game against East Carolina and is labeled as a starter for Saturday’s Bulldog match-up.

Standing all of 6-foot-4, 280 lbs., Knott was listed as the third -team center entering fall camp at South Carolina.

Knott’s performance at East Carolina on Saturday was everything offensive line coach Shawn Elliott could’ve hoped for.

“He did pretty good,” noted Elliott. “His snaps were really crisp and perfect. We had no complaints. It’s a lot easier to play the quarterback position and the running back position when you have good snaps that are right there in the center.”

The Tyrone, Ga. native was a three-star prospect and ranked the nation’s 30th-best offensive guard by Scout.com.

He was named first-team Class AAAA all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Georgia Sportswriters Association.

Also, elite tailback Mike Davis is from Atlanta, Ga. The all-star noted he is friends with popular Heisman candidate Todd Gurley.

“We are good friends, and there is no competition between (us),” said Davis. “We both want to see each other do good. He’s rooting for me, and I’m rooting for him.”

Head coach Steve Spurrier noted Rico McWilliams had an impressive game last week against East Carolina, and he will play a big part in Saturday’s game.

“I think it will still be Brison (Williams) and Rico (McWilliams) at corner and T.J. (Gurley) and (Chris) Moody at the safeties,” noted defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward in Thursday’s practice.

The corner is from Hampton, Ga. and was noted as the nation’s 28th-best cornerback by Scout.com out of Lovejoy High School.

As a matter of fact, each of the players Ward made mention of are from the state of Georgia. This will make for an interesting rivalry on the field and an even bigger incentive for the Gamecocks to pull off a win.

Tune into CBS at 3:30 p.m. to catch the South Carolina vs. Georgia game on Saturday.


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