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The Final Cockdown: #14, Ali Groves

Will this be the year we get a glimpse of the Atlanta-area DB on the field?

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Ali Groves

Redshirt Junior

Safety

Stone Mountain, GA

Recruitment

The three-star recruit and Stephenson High safety was recruited by Whammy Ward out of high school. After mulling offers from schools like Illinois, Kentucky, Mizzou, Ohio, Pitt, Vandy, and even Florida while Will Muschamp was there, Groves committed to the Gamecocks in May 2012.

College Career

Groves’ career may be one of the more disappointing and frustrating stories on the team. After suffering a shoulder injury in his true freshman season (2013), he has yet to see the field in a Carolina uniform. However, he has remained on the team’s active roster.

2016 Outlook

Groves wasn't listed on the preseason depth chart, so his exact role for this year remains to be seen. He has served as a reserve option during his first few years here due to the shoulder injury we mentioned earlier. With a fresh staff in place, we’ll see how Muschamp and Travaris Robinson use him.