Yesterday at the Gamecocks fall camp, defensive line coach Deke Adams was very pleased with how his team was doing on the field and a couple of players in particular.
“J.T. (Surratt) is doing really well. (Gerald) Dixon Jr. is doing really good. (Phillip) Dukes is doing well. The biggest surprise right now is Deon Green. He’s doing great. He’s had a great camp up to this point. Hopefully he’ll continue to get better and stay healthy and be a help to us this year.”
A fourth-year sophomore, Green is a defensive tackle who has acquired a few injuries during his college career. In 2011, the true freshman redshirted and was not part of the roster at the start of camp, suffering a knee injury. The Windermere, Fla.-native continued to see no action in 2012 because of knee surgery in 2011.
2013 brought new hope for this 6-foot-4, 289 pound defensive tackle, and he saw action in two games. This season, the OIympia-alum has continued to remain healthy and listed with the third team unit in the fall.
Surratt is a fifth-year senior who is the lone returning starter in the defensive line. He will certainly be looked to for leadership in the fall. Last season, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-native started all 13 games and notched 33 tackles. The 6-foot-2, 310 pound defensive tackle really made his debut in 2012, when he played in each of the final 10 games, logging 14 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss and a half sack at Clemson.
Dukes, a fourth-year junior, redshirted as a true freshman and really got his start last season, playing in all 13 games. He notched 14 tackles and was named Most Improved Defensive Lineman at the Garnet and Black Spring Game.
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the progress of the team during fall camp.