Two straight SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week Awards have made DJ Wonnum the most decorated athlete in South Carolina’s arsenal this season.
Tied for sixth in the league in sacks with four, Wonnum has become a leading pass rusher for a Gamecocks squad that’s close to eclipsing its sack total from a year ago through just seven games.
South Carolina has 17 sacks this season, good for fifth best in the conference, compared to 21 all season last year, which was tied for 11th out of 14 teams.
Wonnum is doing the job on running downs as well, as he’s fifth in the conference in tackles among defensive linemen, including eight tackles for loss. His sophomore performance comes off a promising freshman campaign which saw him make a Gamecock freshman-leading 32 tackles in 2016.
Wonnum addressed the media in advance of the Gamecocks’ game at Vanderbilt:
Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp this week discussed what stood out with Wonnum in the recruiting process:
South Carolina plays Vanderbilt on Saturday at 4 PM on the SEC Network.