Gamecocks defensive line unselfish play leads with positive results on the field
Nov. 06, 2019, | GCF Staff Report
Among these three Aaron Sterling, Javon Kinlaw or D.J. Wonnum, there are no numbers on the board to keep account of for sack totals for individuals. Why? They prefer not to make their season production into some kind of position competition.
Sterling said. “We’re really just out there playing. We’re doing what we can to make sure we’re helping our team win. I most we probably say is ... we congratulate each other.”
Appalachian State coach Eliah Drinkwitz on Monday didn’t hide the biggest challenge facing his Mountaineers 7-1 when they come to Williams Brice Stadium to take on Carolina now 4-5 on Saturday night. Drinkwitz said. “We definitely have our hands full and have got to do a great job of handling the defensive line and controlling the line of scrimmage. In a season of ups and downs, the Gamecocks defensive front has remained consistent. Scan the SEC sack leaders and you’ll find proof. Sterling is tied for first with six, Kinlaw is tied for fifth with five, Wonnum is tied for eighth with 4.5. No other SEC team boasts as many players with at least four sacks.
Kinlaw added. “That’s a big accomplishment for us. I’m really proud of how everybody’s been working together. We’ve been working together and working for each other, so it’s all paid off.” Will Muschamp Talks Kinlaw a 6-foot-6, 310-pound enforcer in the middle, has seen his stock rise to the point where he seems like a lock to be taken in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. But that joy he shows for his linemates is part of why that unit’s been so successful this season. The Gamecock coach said Tuesday. “’ “Being really unselfish and understand that, based on how we want to call a game, understand that you may not be a feature part of the game. But do your job and be willing to eat two blocks and you may end up being the free guy at the end of the day. And I think it’s been a very unselfish group as far as those things are concerned. “Javon’s had to beat double teams and he’s never complained. It creates a 1 on 1 for somebody else. He understands that. Anybody that knows ball watching film understands that. “I’ve really been pleased with how unselfish the group has been to understand those things.”
The Gamecocks have three players with at least 4.5 sacks for the first time since the Jadeveon Clowney-led unit in 2012. At least three games are left for the group Kinlaw calls the best d-line he’s played on. In closing Kinlaw said. “We’re just so locked in, so focused. There are so many chances and opportunities to make so many plays out there. We got some pass rushers.”