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The Final Cockdown, #70, Alan Knott.

The big man at the front of the line returns to the gridiron.

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Alan Knott

RS Junior

Center

6'4" / 270 lbs

Tyrone, GA (Sandy Creek High School)

Recruitment

Consensus three-star prospect. 27th best offensive guard in the country according to 247sports, and the 43rd best player in the state of Georgia for the class of 2013 by Scout. Received offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Kentucky among others.

College Career

After missing most of the 2014 preseason, Knott stepped up to play in all 13 games, starting in eight contests, including the first six. Despite being limited by a high-ankle sprain sustained in the game versus Georgia, he returned to the starting lineup at Texas A&M and remained there for the rest of the season, making nine starts in all. Named to the Rimington Award watch list.

2016 Outlook

While injury has been a recurring theme in Alan Knott's collegiate playing career, recovering from those injuries to perform on the field for the South Carolina Gamecocks had dominated the conversation. Adversity thrust him into the starting role two years ago, and he embraced that opportunity to perform. He's been improving ever since, and just recently was named as both the Most Improved Offensive Lineman and the Joe Morrison Offensive Player for the spring season. With so many question marks lingering over the Gamecocks' team coming into the season, the one thing it seems like they can count on is Alan Knott.

Potpurri

Knott is from Tyrone, Georgia. Tyrone is named for County Tyrone in Ireland. That's neat! Tyrone, Georgia is also the hometown of Andrew Gardner, Kedric Golston, and Calvin Johnson...who are all quite good at football.