By Willie T. Smith III (The Greenville News)
Fourth-year player... has started a dozen games at offensive center over the past two seasons, with a playing weight between 270 and 280 pounds... lost approximately 40 pounds between the end of the 2014 season and the start of spring drills after having surgery to remove his tonsils... the weight loss forced a move to tight end where he's listed as a reserve on the depth chart... could also see action as a blocking fullback... had limited reps in the spring after suffering a sprained left knee... twin brother, Brock, is a member of the Gamecocks' offensive line.
2014: Redshirt sophomore who saw action in seven games at the center position... made five starts... started at center in the season opener versus Texas A&M... regained his starting duties later in the season, starting each of the final four regular season games against Tennessee, Florida, South Alabama and Clemson.
2013: Redshirt freshman who was pressed into duty at center when starter Cody Waldrop was out with injuries... started seven games in the middle of the O-line... made his first career appearance and start at Georgia... named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts in the win over Vanderbilt in just his second start... graded out at 82 percent while playing all 87 snaps... made five successive starts against Kentucky, at Arkansas, at Tennessee, at Missouri and against Mississippi State.
2012: Enrolled at Carolina in January 2012 and went through spring drills... redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. in December 2011... coached by Chris Causey... squad lost in the first round of the North Carolina 4A state playoffs and finished the season with a 4-7 record... played right tackle as a junior before making the switch to center... rated among the Top 40 players in North Carolina by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer... a three-star recruit and the nation's 18th-best center according to Rivals.com... a three-star recruit and the nation's 11th-best center as rated by Scout.com... a three-star recruit, the eighth-best center and the 24th-best player in the state according to ESPN.com... considered a two-star prospect, the 24th-best center in the country and the 48th-best player in North Carolina by 247Sports.com... a PrepStar All-Atlantic Region pick... offered by NC State, Virginia Tech, East Carolina and Wake Forest.
PERSONAL: Clayton Stadnik is working towards a degree in criminal justice... is the younger twin brother of teammate Brock Stadnik... father, John, played center for one season with the San Diego Chargers and four years in the USFL after playing collegiately at Western Illinois.