Welcome to The Final Cockdown’s Tight Ends week! We go down the depth chart and take a look at a particularly deep position group for SC this season. Here’s a list of who you can expect to read about in the coming days:
Hayden Hurst | KC Crosby | Kiel Pollard | Jacob August | Evan Hinson | Kevin Markway | Will Register
#3 KC Crosby
RS Junior / 6’1’’ / 230 / Bamburg, S.C. / Bamburg-Ehrhardt
Recruited under the old Steve Spurrier regime, KC Crosby was a head-scratcher as far as fit was concerned in the old offense. He was stuck behind Rory Anderson and Jerrell Adams on the depth chart, and at a stumpy six-foot-one, 230 pounds he didn’t exactly look like a typical tight end.
Then with the emergence of Hayden Hurst and Jacob August in 2015, the chances of Crosby ever seeing the field looked even slimmer with a coaching staff transition in 2016. However, new OC Kurt Roper saw a unique pass-catching weapon in Crosby and put him to use in 2016.
Crosby would catch a team leading four scores in 2016 playing primarily out of the slot, and looks to be in the mix once again with a very deep receiving core. Fans can expect more wheel-routes and slants in the red zone from Crosby in 2017.
2016 stats: 23 catches, 217 yards, 4 TD’s
Recruitment: Four star recruit; Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, South Carolina. Committed to SC on June 1, 2013.
Selected highlight: It was a near perfect throw by Jake Bentley, but the dive by Crosby here made this one of the hallmark highlights from the 2016 season.
Up next: Kiel Pollard, an intriguing sophomore who was one of Georgia top prep players in 2015.