Don't Sleep on Sharrod Golightly

With so many departures from the Gamecock defense last season, it can be easy to forget the talent that is returning in 2014. 

Players like Skai Moore have received a fair share of recognition during the offseason, but at least one Gamecock feels that a certain member of the defense isn't getting enough attention. 

"Sharrod Golightly, I feel like he made a big impact last year and I still don't think he got the credit," offensive lineman Corey Robinson said at Media Day. "He brings a lot of energy on our defense and that's what you need in the SEC. You need that energy and that swag on defense and he brings it."

After being used primarily on special teams during his first two seasons in Columbia, Golightly started all 12 regular season games in 2013. He was sixth on the team with 47 tackles and was rewarded with a spot on the A.P. All-SEC second team. 

Photo by C.J. Driggers

Photo by C.J. Driggers

Robinson noted that Golightly, who is listed at 5'10", 187 pounds, isn't afraid to come inside with the big boys. 

"He's not scared to come up into the trenches," said Robinson. He comes in there blitzing 100 miles per hour."

That aspect of Golightly's game allowed him to make six tackles for loss last season. He was also credited with 1.5 sacks.

While his numbers were impressive last year, Robinson said that the reason Golightly will succeed is just as much mental as it is physical. 

"He's always keeping contain, he knows the fundamentals of football," Robinson said. "I feel like he's going to have a great season, I really do."