With one field goal block, a former junior college player made his presence felt in the biggest way for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Javon Kinlaw, regarded by Will Muschamp and others as one of the best amongst the Gamecocks newcomers in this early season, spoke to the media for the first time after his first two FBS games this week. Kinlaw was open about how his time at Jones County Community College put things in perspective for him and turned his life around for the positive.
Kinlaw earned second-team All-America honors at Jones, and was named first-team All-Conference and All-Region in his lone year there. He was also named the most valuable defensive lineman in the MACJC South Division, collecting 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Kinlaw shared that he was very close to being homeless unless he went the JUCO route and credits USC Coach Will Muschamp for opening a door he previously thought was closed:
The Charleston native racked up a pair of pass breakups along with a tackle and the blocked field goal in the Gamecocks’ 31-13 win over Missouri last Saturday. He brings depth to a defensive line that had trouble last year getting pressure on the quarterback, ranking in the depths of the SEC in sacks. Muschamp believes Kinlaw is a big part of the revamped unit, and says his ceiling continues to grow: