We’re close to the opener against NC State and to wrap up the Final Cockdown we’re taking a look at impact defensive backs for South Carolina this season. Catch up if you missed anyone:
Chris Lammons + Jamarcus King | MJ Webb | DJ Smith | Steven Montac | Rashad Fenton Jamyest Williams | Kaleb Chalmers | Tavyn Jackson | Keisean Nixon | Antoine Wilder + Chris Smith | Zay Brown + Javon Charleston | Jaylin Dickerson | Griffin Gentry |Hassan Belton
#16 Rashad Fenton
Junior / 5’10’’ / 184 / Miami, Fla. / Miami Carol City
Rashad Fenton often gets lost in the fold of the bevy of defensive backs South Carolina has. Fenton has made regular appearances on defense from his freshman season but didn’t really get his shine until last season when proved he was a key backup in the secondary.
Personally, I’ll always remember Fenton for pulling off one of the few exciting plays for South Carolina in a dreadful 2015 season. The Gamecocks were forced to move a game to Baton Rouge due to severe flooding in Columbia and even while LSU pounded on SC Fenton returned this kick for 96 yards for s touchdown.
Now a junior, Fenton was listed on the summer two-deep as a potential starter at cornerback. Whether or not he keeps it through fall camp is another question, but Fenton has proven he can play in the SEC over two years with the Gamecocks.
Select highlight: Here’s Fenton making a crucial interception against Missouri.
2016 Stats: 38 tackles, 5 PBU, one interception
Recruitment: Three star; Offers from Florida, Louisville, Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, UCF, USF, Utah and South Carolina. Committed to SC on Feb. 4, 2015.
Next up: Jamyest Williams, the crown jewel of the 2017 signing class.