Gamecocks' locals hope to have big year

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The press goes to Jadeveon Clowney, and rightfully so, but if the South Carolina football team wants to contend for a national championship, it will take the whole team to get there, including a couple local stars.

In Saturday's spring game, we saw one of them with his first highlight for the Garnet and Black.

Williston-Elko's Kendric Salley sat out last year after a knee injury, but he's back now and scored his first touchdown at USC.

Paving the way up front for Salley and the rest of the running game was Bamberg-Ehrhardt's AJ Cann. The soon-to-be junior was a freshman All-American in 2011, and now he has more starts than any player in the entire program.

He knows there's plenty of responsibility, and Cann's ready to shoulder the load.

"Over the summer in the weight room I've been trying to be a more vocal guy since I'm the older piece of the offensive line this year," Cann said. "I'm stepping up more and trying to be more vocal. Also, I've tried to get stronger in the weight room this summer, and hopefully that will carry over to the year."

Salley is down the depth chart a little bit as he continues his rehab. The Gamecocks open the season 133 days from Thursday against North Carolina.

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