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:
#40 Jacob August
Junior / 6’6” / Fork Union, VA. / Fork Union Military Academy
Coming to USC as JUCO transfer and zero star recruit, Jacob August didn't have the easiest of beginnings at Carolina. He redshirted his freshman year, and early his sophomore season he started to get more playing time. However, August didn't touch the field the rest of the season after Spurrier retired. Last season, Jacob appeared in all 13 games and started in one for the Gamecocks.
The 6’6” TE looks to compete with KC Crosby and Kiel Pollard for the second string snaps considering the monster that is Hayden Hurst who plays tight end #1. Being about the same size as Hurst, expect August to get on the field in two tight end power sets and give Hayden some breathers here and there. The Gamecocks do run a lot of two tight end sets, so Jacob should split playing time as the second tight end.
August’s 2016 Stats: 5 Receptions, 54 Yards, 0 TD’s
Recruitment: Jacob was a 6’6” TE with offers from smaller schools such as Dartmouth, Southern Miss, and Richmond before he decided to walk on at USC.
Up Next: Evan Hinson is next on the Final Cockdown.