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The Final Cockdown: #53 Corey Robinson

Redshirt junior Corey Robinson will be expected to anchor the left side of the Gamecocks' offensive line in 2013.

Corey Robinson
Redshirt Junior Left Tackle
6'8", 338 lbs.
Havelock, NC

3 stars, 96th offensive tackle in the 2010 class
Other offers: None

College Career:
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.

2013 Outlook:
Robinson enters fall practice as the starter at left tackle, and he should begin the first game of the season in the same position and, barring injury, remain there throughout the year. This would mark the first time since 2009-10 that the Gamecocks returned their starting left tackle from the previous year, with the last player to do it being Jarriel King. Robinson and right tackle Brandon Shell could develop into one of the premier OT tandems in the SEC if not in 2013, then certainly by 2014.

Robinson comes from in a storied pipeline with the Havelock (NC) program, beginning with Chris Culliver and continuing with incoming freshman Pharoh Cooper. Some feared that the well might run dry with former defensive line coach Brad Lawing's departure, but the Gamecocks are in good shape with 2014 all-purpose back Derrell Scott.

Possible Todd Ellis play-by-play call:
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? God bless you, please, Corey Robinson. Heaven holds a place for those who block. Hey hey hey, TOUCHDOWN CAROLINA.