No.4 Shaq Roland- A Reason to Celebrate

No.4 Shaq Roland- A Reason to Celebrate

In spirit of the fourth of July, No. 4 on South Carolina's roster is WR Shaq Roland. The junior is noted to be a big part of the Gamecocks line up this year and gives garnet and black fans everywhere a reason to celebrate the upcoming football season.

The fourth of July is celebrated every year as America's Independence Day, and the smell of char-grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and the occasional baked beans fills the air. Families gather together in tradition and shoot off brilliant displays of colorful fireworks in the night sky.

Among the booms and bangs, the evening begins to cool and lawn chairs become extra cozy.

Besides the fireworks, this setting looks a little familiar.

Tailgating-time is just right around the corner, and that means fans will be doing this just about every weekend.

South Carolina football kicks off in only 55 days.

The Gamecocks will be taking on the Texas A&M Aggies for the first ever meeting between the two. With the loss of Connor Shaw at Carolina and Johnny Manziel at A&M, there are big shoes to fill in the 2014 season.

Following in the footsteps of great players like Alshon Jeffery and Kenny McKinley, Shaq Roland is expected to be an outstanding WR on the field this year.

And in spirit of the holiday, Roland stands at No. 4 on the garnet and black roster.

The Gamecock is a Lexington (S.C.)-native and averaging 17.8 yards per reception during his career.

With only six career starts, he saw more action in his sophomore season with 10 games. The junior caught 25 passes for 455 yards with five touchdowns.

Roland caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Shaw last season in his first career start and the opener against North Carolina. In the 2013 win against Mississippi State, the 6'1" WR caught two passes, both for touchdowns.

His best game yet was at the Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin, where he gained career highs of 112 yards on six receptions.

Coming out of high school, Roland graced the title of "Mr. Football". He became the fourth straight "Mr. Football" in the state to commit to the Gamecocks. Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, and Marcus Lattimore were all "Mr. Football" award winners.

Roland saw action in 11 games his freshman year, and his first career touchdown reception was a 30-yard completion from Dylan Thompson against UAB in 2012.

He will play a huge part in the success of the South Carolina offense this season and someone to definitely watch on the field.


Gamecockpride.com will be keeping you updated on the 2014 South Carolina football season in the weeks to come.


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