Senior defensive lineman who figures to be a fixture up front in his final campaign... has appeared in 24 games over the past two seasons making four starts... credited with 42 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks... also has recovered a pair of fumbles.
2016: Appeared in all 13 games... logged 25 tackles, including 4.0 for loss... recovered a fumble in the 1st quarter of the East Carolina game, setting up South Carolina’s first field goal... posted a strong effort at Kentucky, with three tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack... was in on two tackles, including one tackle for loss, against Georgia... chalked up two tackles and two QB hurries in the Tennessee win... set a career-high with six tackles in the Western Carolina win... credited with five tackles including a tackle-for-loss in the Birmingham Bowl vs. USF... sat out the spring while rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2015: Played in 11 of 12 games, making four starts... came off the bench in each of the first three games... provided one of the biggest plays of the game in a win over North Carolina, picking up a sack late in the fourth quarter with just under four minutes left to play... finished with two tackles overall... added two more tackles against Kentucky and two against Georgia... had a nine-yard sack in his first career start against UCF, his first of three-straight starts... had three tackles including a half-sack at Missouri... set a career high with five tackles and was credited with a pass breakup in a start at Tennessee... did not play against The Citadel as he was dealing with an injury.
2014: Defensive end who spent the season at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss... played for coach Buddy Stephens... helped the Lions to a perfect 12-0 record and the NJCAA football championship... credited with 21 tackles including 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss... also forced a pair of fumbles... considered a four-star prospect by Rivals... was a three-star prospect and the No. 36 JUCO player in the country according to Scout... regarded as a four-star prospect, the third-best JUCO player in the state, the top JUCO weakside defensive end in the country and No. 6 overall junior college prospect by 247Sports... ranked as a four-star prospect, the No. 3 junior college defensive end and 13th overall by ESPN.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga. in 2014... coached by Bob Sphire... helped the Bulldogs to a 13-3 record and the state championship game as a senior... logged 49 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and three sacks in his final campaign... earned first-team Class 6A all-state accolades by the Georgia Sportswriters... also earned a spot on the AJC's Class 6A all-metro team... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl... recorded three sacks in that all-star game... out of high school, Rivals considered him a four-star prospect, the 13th-best player in the state, the seventh-best strongside defensive end in the country and No. 87 on the Rivals100 list... Scout ranked him as a four-star prospect, the 24th-best defensive end in the country and No. 231 overall... considered a four-star prospect, the 8th-best player in the state, the fifth-best weakside defensive end in the nation, and No. 121 overall, according to 247Sports... ESPN considered him a four-star prospect, No. 88 on its ESPN300 list, the ninth-best defensive end in the nation and the seventh-best player in the state... ranked by PrepStar as a four-star prospect and No. 60 on the Top 150 Dream Team... also visited Missouri before choosing the Gamecocks.
PERSONAL: Dante Octavious Sawyer was born December 17, 1994... is a sociology major.