Sunday, July 30, 2017

S.C. State Bulldog O-line mixes youth with veterans

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough and his offensive staff have spoken highly of the Bulldogs’ potential on offense for the 2017 campaign, giving thumbs up on the team’s talent at quarterback, its stable of running backs, as well as the wide receivers corps. But for those groups to deliver, the all-important offensive line must be productive.

Pough and his staff will have to fill two positions along the interior line, that of All-MEAC tackle Javarius Leamon, one of eight Bulldogs on current NFL rosters, and Eric Dickerson, a one-time All-MEAC performer who missed the team’s first four games last year before settling in with a strong showing at guard down the stretch.

The absence of those two veterans looms big for the S.C. State interior line. But three starters from the group return, giving the Bulldogs some key experience as Pough’s team seeks to bounce back from a 5-6 campaign. Pough will have to rely on inexperience and youth to establish the depth along the offensive line that will be needed to compete against improved MEAC competition.


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