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The Final Cockdown: #95, Dante Sawyer and #94, Kelsey Griffin

TFC presents a two-for-one deal today!


Due to #unforseencircumstances, we weren't able to get to our originally scheduled Final Cockdown entries on Friday and Saturday, but we want to get the guys we missed in to make sure we're all caught up. So, without further ado, we'll hit Dante Sawyer first and make our way to Kelsey Griffin.

Vanderbilt v South Carolina Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Dante Sawyer


6’3” / 289 lbs.

Suwanee, GA


Top 100 recruit at Rivals; #88 on the ESPN300. Mizzou came calling for his services.

College Career

JUCO transfer before the 2015 season, where he recorded 6.5 sacks and 10.5 TFLs. Last year, he started four times while appearing in eleven games, recording 17 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2.5 TFLs.

2016 Outlook

I’m interested to see how Sawyer does in Will Muschamp’s defensive system. We didn’t see him during the spring due to a shoulder injury, but with him continuing to heal up, he should be full go once preseason camp rolls around in a couple of months.

Random Tweet from Dante’s Twitter feed

North Carolina v South Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Kelsey Griffin


6’2” / 302 lbs.

Buford, GA


7th best DT in the country according to Rivals and 247; 13th best on Scout’s rankings.

College Career

Had his most productive season last year; fourteen tackles in 11 games, including two sacks and 3.5 TFLs. Strong performer in the classroom, earning back-to-back all-SEC academic accolades.

2016 Outlook

Griffin's a player that came in with some hype, but it hasn’t really equaled too much success on the field, as a player that recorded ten sacks as a senior in high school has been unable to take that style of play and adjust to the college ranks. He did show some promise last season, and Muschamp appears to be making Griffin a core part of his hybrid 4-3 defense, so it will be a matter of carrying some of that good play over to this year.

Interesting fact about Griffin

Griffin actually committed to Georgia while a senior in high school, but the Dawgs apparently did not honor the commitment, leading him decommit that same day and pledge to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks a month later.