Corey Robinson will return in 2014, according to report

Streeter Lecka

The Gamecocks will get the most important part its draft-eligible offensive players back for the 2014 season.

South Carolina left tackle Corey Robinson will return in 2014 to play his redshirt senior season with the Gamecocks, according to a report by The Big Spur. Redshirt sophomore right tackle Brandon Shell previously speculated that Robinson, along with Shell and junior left guard A.J. Cann, would not be declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. Until now, there was no official word from Robinson himself.

Still, Robinson--and every other draft-eligible player--has until Jan. 15 to change his mind and enter his name for the draft. Last year's experience with Ace Sanders will no doubt leave Gamecock fans biting their finger nails until next Wednesday at midnight.

Robinson started all 13 games at left tackle this year after winning the job in the middle of the 2012 season.

We had this to say about the 6'8, 338 lineman in our 2013 preview:

Robinson redshirted in 2010, didn't see any game action as a defensive lineman in 2011, and enjoyed a renaissance after being moved to left tackle in 2012, starting 9 out of 12 games at the position.

South Carolina was Robinson's only offer out of high school, and he meandered through his first two years in the program before finally having a light come on around the time of the 2012 Missouri game. Robinson is a great example of why Gamecock fans are so enamored of Shawn Elliott. The fiery offensive line coach has a knack for taking players off the college football scrapheap and turning them into multi-year starters on teams that compete (or are expected to compete) for SEC championships.

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