Spring Practice Number 8
Spring Practice Number 7 Held Thursday
Spring Football Practice Report
First of 15 Spring Practices Held at the Bluff Road Proving Grounds
Arkansas at No. 12 South Carolina
Talented sophomore wide receiver who figures to see more action this year... gifted athlete who is looking to use the spring to improve on the little things that will make him a viable threat this fall... listed as a co-starter at one of the wide receiver positions entering the fall, along with Damiere Byrd... 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... narrowed his list to Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Carolina before selecting the Gamecocks.
PERSONAL: Shaquille "Shaq" Roland was born December 27, 1993... is a sport & entertainment management major... became the fourth-straight South Carolina "Mr. Football" to sign with the Gamecocks, following Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney.