2015 Most Improved Offensive Lineman of the Spring
Fifth-year senior offensive lineman... penciled in as the probable starter at center... used the offseason to get stronger in the weight room, something that he was not able to do a year ago while rehabbing a shoulder injury... has played in 35 contests over the past three seasons... his 29 career starts as a Gamecock leads the squad... on the Rimington Award preseason Watch List. 2016: Redshirt junior offensive center who started 12 of the 13 games... did not play in the season opener at Vanderbilt... made his season debut when he started at center vs. Mississippi State... nominated for the Remington Award.
2015: Offensive center who started each of the season's first three games... suffered a high ankle sprain at Georgia and was not able to play against UCF or Missouri... returned to the starting lineup at LSU... played the second half against Vanderbilt... returned to the starting lineup at Texas A&M and held that position throughout the remainder of the season, making nine starts overall... named to Rimington Watch List... put together an excellent spring where he was recognized by the coaches as the Most Improved Offensive Lineman and also the Joe Morrison Offensive Player of the Spring.
2014: Missed most of the preseason with a right knee injury... made first career start at center versus East Carolina... remained the starter at center for seven of the first eight games... played in all 13 contests, making eight starts, including the Independence Bowl win over Miami.
2013: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Helped the Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.) Patriots to a pair of state titles, including a perfect 15-0 mark in 2012... graduated in 2013... coached by Chip Walker... named first-team Class AAAA all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and by the Georgia Sportswriters Association... played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. following his senior season... regarded as the 61st-best player in Georgia and the 53rd-best offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals... the nation's 30th-best offensive guard according to Scout... the 43rd-best player in the state, and the 27th-best offensive guard in the country by 247Sports... the 43rd-best offensive guard and an All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStar.
PERSONAL: David Alan Knott was born December 16, 1994... is a criminal justice major.