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The Final Cockdown: #74, Mason Zandi

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We take a look at one of the Gamecocks' most interesting, and tall, men.

Mason Zandi
RS sophomore
6'9'' / 319 lbs
Irmo, S.C.

Recruitment:
2 stars, 155th overall offensive tackle in the 2012 class

-Other offers from: Clemson

College Career:
Following a redshirt year in which he had a chance to develop his talents (and try to add weight to his gargantuan frame), Zandi has consistently improved and worked dilligently for a spot on the Gamecocks O-Line. In 2013, he switched between right guard and tight-end (his only start) during all 13 contests. Last season, he played all 13 games (again as a substitute), primarily as a blocker on special teams, but did fill some roles at left- and right-tackle for Corey Robinson and Brandon Shell.

2015 Outlook:
Zandi will likely be called on to fill a gap on an Offensive Line that's certainly got some experience, but will go into this season lacking any real 'star power'. The absence of A.J. Cann, Corey Robinson, and others will be palpably felt this season, and it's time for this group of O-Lineman to really prove their mettle. Zandi has the body, and the work-ethic to provide good pocket protection for whomever is taking snaps. What needs to be proven is whether this group, including Brandon Shell, D.J. Park, Mike Matulis, Brock Stadnik, and Cody Waldrop, can mesh together and perform as a cohesive unit on the field. Coach Shaun Elliot will have his hands full, but judging by the effort level and consistent improvement among the entire corps of O-Lineman, look for a solid performance and especially out of Mason Zandi.

Potpurri:

Mason Zandi also maintains a very prolific Twitter presence. His to-the-point takes on subjects from fashion to politics other stuff is worth perusing:

Trivia: 
A highly-acclaimed GABA staffer once tried to get a nickname to stick for this massive fellow. What is/was this nickname, and should we try to get it to work again? (hint: yes, we should.)