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Shaq Roland
Shaq Roland

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lexington, S.C.

High School:
Lexington

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 176

Position:
WR

Experience:
2 VL


9/15/2014

Gamecocks 'expecting big things' from Shaq Roland

By Chris Dearing (The Post and Courier)

Talented wideout who is regarded as the next outstanding receiver in a long line of great ones, following in the footsteps of Sidney Rice, Kenny McKinley, Alshon Jeffery, Ace Sanders and Bruce Ellington at Carolina under Steve Spurrier and Steve Spurrier Jr... a Phil Steele and Athlon's preseason fourth-team All-SEC honoree... recognized as the co-Everyday Attitude award winner for the offense in the spring... averaging 17.8 yards per reception during his career... has six career starts.

2013: Saw more action in his sophomore season as the year progressed... played in 10 games, making six starts... caught 25 passes for 455 yards, a team-best 18.2-yard average, with five touchdowns... earned his first career start and caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw on the third play from scrimmage in the season opener against North Carolina... it was the longest reception of his young career and gave the Gamecocks their fastest score to start a season since joining the SEC... caught three passes for 48 yards at Georgia... caught two passes, both for touchdowns, in the win over Mississippi State... TD catches were from 14 and 43 yards out... had four receptions for 72 yards and a score against Coastal Carolina... added three catches and a touchdown against Clemson... had his best game of the season in the Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin when he logged 112 yards on six receptions, both career highs... shared the Most Improved wide receiver award, presented at the 2013 spring game, with Shamier Jeffery.

2012: True freshman wide receiver who was highly touted after being named "Mr. Football" in the state of South Carolina as a senior at nearby Lexington High School... became the fourth straight "Mr. Football" to commit to the home state flagship university... saw action in 11 games... caught five passes for 80 yards with a touchdown... saw his first action against East Carolina and responded with a pair of receptions for 25 yards... first career touchdown reception was a 30-yard completion from Dylan Thompson against UAB... had a pair of receptions for 25 yards against Arkansas.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lexington (S.C.) High School in 2012... named to the annual PARADE magazine 53-man All-America team... coached by Scott Earley... played receiver and also directed the Wildcat offense... helped his squad to an undefeated regular season and an 11-1 record overall in his final campaign... led the Wildcats with nearly 2,000 yards and 24 TDs as a senior... named "Mr. Football" in the state of South Carolina... named the Offensive MVP in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after leading the Sandlappers in receiving yards and scoring two touchdowns... also scored in the Under Armour All-American Game... selected to the Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... was the region Player of the Year as a junior while earning all-state and all-area honors... also played basketball... averaged nearly 20 points and seven rebounds as a junior, earning Region Player of the Year honors... was a four-star prospect, the best player in the state, the 10th-best wide receiver in the country and the 66th-best player overall by Rivals.com... rated a five-star prospect, the nation's fourth-best wide receiver and the 40th-best player in the country by Scout.com... a four-star recruit, the best player in the state, the fifth-best wideout and the nation's 45th-best player according to ESPN.com... considered the No. 1 prospect in Carolina, the 52nd-best player in the country, the sixth-best "athlete" and a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com... number 39 on the PrepStar Dream Team... also considered Alabama, Florida, Georgia before selecting the Gamecocks.

PERSONAL: Shaquille "Shaq" Roland was born December 27, 1993... is an African American studies major... became the fourth-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to sign with the Gamecocks, following Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney.