Despite the problems of the South Carolina offense, the Gamecock defense has been the anchor of the team’s 3-1 record. Now they have to deal with the loss of one its most vocal and multi-faceted leaders.
Bryson Allen-Williams’ departure due to a season-ending shoulder injury leaves a hole at two positions, as he had split time at both defensive end (BUCK) and strong side linebacker.
At defensive end, DJ Wonnum looks to be the one with increased responsibility:
Multiple players recognized the work of Danny Fennell, a Georgia native who saw the most increase in snaps in Allen-Williams absence. With a similar build to the man he’s trying to replace, Fennell brings the same type of hybrid nature to play both a rush linebacker and defensive end. That ability to be multiple is something he hopes to showcase against Texas A&M:
The man who stands next to Allen-Williams in the linebacking corps has already taken an increased role before Allen-Williams’ absence. TJ Brunson, one of the leading tacklers on the team has already led by his example. Now he says he’s ready to lend his voice to the Gamecocks defense:
Someone who is no stranger to season-long injuries, Skai Moore, has already had to answer questions pertaining to one player who the Gamecocks have lost this season with Deebo Samuel. In this case, he loses the man on the opposite end of the defense in the position that had the most depth in the unit. Moore knows he has to step his own game up, but is confident those behind Allen-Williams can shoulder the load”
The impact of Allen-Williams’ absence is felt all across the defense, even on the defensive line. Taylor Stallworth plans to help both Wonnum and Fennell make sure they are on task in the menacing environment of College Station:
The Gamecocks and Aggies meet on Kyle Field Saturday at 7:30 PM.