Carolina Football Practice Report
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2002 PRESEASON ? Returning starter at nose tackle ... Had a solid spring practice ... Missed some spring practice time due to a serious illness with his mother ... Coach Strong believes he can be a dominant player in the middle this fall ... ?In the Spring Game, he had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks.
2001 ? Starting nose tackle who made 56 tackles (35/21) on the year ... Had three tackles for loss, one QB sack, three QB pressures and blocked two kicks ... Blocked a Boise State field goal attempt in the season opener that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Rashad Faison ... Blocked his second field goal attempt the following week against Georgia, when he knocked down a 37-yard Bulldog attempt in the third quarter ... Also had six tackles vs. the 'Dawgs ... Had four tackles and one pass breakup against Mississippi State ... Made four tackles, including one for loss, against Arkansas ... Led the team with 10 tackles at Tennessee, including one TFL and one QB sack ... Had four tackles and a QB pressure vs. Florida ... Played well in the Outback Bowl, with seven total tackles ... His play up front helped limit Ohio State to just 64 yards rushing in that game ... Recipient of the Joe Morrison Award during the spring, which is presented annually by the coaching staff to the top offensive and defensive players during spring practice ... Also participated on the Gamecock track team last season and finished 12th in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Received winner?s certificate.
2000 ? True sophomore who had a solid season at nose tackle ... Moved back to the defensive line during spring practice after playing along the offensive line in 1999 ... Fractured his hand in the Vanderbilt game, which forced him to miss the Tennessee contest ... Had to have surgery and had pins put in his hand ... Tallied 21 tackles, with seven TFL, two QB sacks and caused one fumble ... Provided steady play along with Cleveland Pinkney in the middle ... Made a season-high four tackles vs. Vanderbilt ... Also had three tackles in games with New Mexico State and Arkansas ... Had QB sacks vs. New Mexico State and Arkansas ... Had two tackles for loss in games with New Mexico State and Vanderbilt ... Winner?s certificate recipient.
1999 ? Was thrust into starting role along the offensive line due to injuries to regulars ... Began the year on defense but was moved over to offense at mid-year when healthy bodies became a rarity ... Started the last seven games at offensive guard, seeing action at both the left and right positions ... Was playing defensive tackle early.
HIGH SCHOOL ? Member of the Shrine Bowl team ... Recorded 130 total tackles and eight quarterback sacks his senior year ... Rated one of the state?s top 25 recruits by SuperPrep magazine and the Forrest Davis Recruiting Service ... Played for Coach Reid Charpia at James Island High School ... Chose South Carolina over North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.