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 Bryson Allen-Williams and DJ Wonnum on the field together

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 Bryson Allen-Williams and DJ Wonnum on the field together

August 04, 2018

This duo may be seeing a lot of time together on the field in what Muschamp called the team’s “best personnel grouping,” with Bryson Allen-Williams and DJ Wonnum playing opposite each other up front.

“We’ll be able to have two hard edges with two big guys, physical, violent guys on the edges,” Muschamp said. “I think it’s going to be good for us that we can set better edges on the perimeter throw game as far as the bubbles and quick screens and such.”

In the Gamecocks’ base defensive package, Wonnum is slotted in at the starting BUCK spot, South Carolina’s do-it-all position, with Allen-Williams the leading candidate to start at the SAM linebacker spot.

That would put them playing likely on opposite sides of the field with them both having the ability to rush the passer or drop back in coverage. Wonnum’s been playing BUCK since he stepped on campus and bounced around playing some end as well.

Allen-Williams is probably the most versatile player in the Gamecock front seven, having the ability to play linebacker, on the line or at the BUCK spot as well.

The two have been playing together for the last two seasons, although last year was cut short after Allen-Williams had shoulder surgery that kept him out of the last 10 games. He’s been able to teach younger players like Wonnum about the position, and now he’ll be able to suit up and play with them again soon.

“Just handling being in the moment and not worrying about anything outside of football,” Wonnum said about what Allen-Williams has taught him.

For Wonnum, this could be a breakout year for him in his third season at South Carolina. After compiling almost 60 tackles and 13 tackles for loss.

This has been a big offseason for him, he’s said.

“D.J. Wonnum is really challenging to improve his strength,” Muschamp said. 

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