Brock Stadnik likes the progress he’s making as a freshman at South Carolina. He especially likes that he’s healthy and practicing for his future on the offensive line.
Stadnik, a consensus four-star prospect from Greensboro, N.C., enrolled in Columbia in January but sat out all of spring practice after left shoulder surgery.
He admits the injury, which he sustained in high school while making a tackle on defense, has hindered his goal of playing right away.
“I felt like I made some really good strides since the beginning of camp,” said Stadnik, an Under Armour game participant who was ranked the 143rd best player in the nation last year by 247Sports. “I wish I would have come into camp playing a little better. I’m getting to that point where I want to be. I’m pleased with my progress. I just need to continue to get better.”
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The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder was moved from tackle to guard this preseason. He liked the change, saying he did well in scrimmages at both run blocking and pass protection.
“Brock’s doing good,” offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said. “I think he’s fitted to play the inside position. He could probably play all three of them. He’s done well.”
Stadnik said he is still shaking off rust and working on his technique as he competes behind redshirt sophomore A.J. Cann and freshman Will Sport at left guard.
He’s also enjoying the experience of going to school and practicing with his non-identical twin brother, Clayton, a center. They wouldn’t have it any other way, Brock said.
“We had to go to the same school,” he said. “It’s great. We’re really close. We do pretty much everything together. There’s a comfort level being next to him. Going through the meetings together, going through the scrimmages together. It’s pretty awesome having him here with me.”
Both Stadniks appear destined for a redshirt year to develop and get stronger. Injuries will play a major role in deciding that, Elliott said.
“I’ll take it one day at a time,” Brock said. “I just want to compete. My goal is make it on the travel squad and compete for a starting position, but we’ll see what happens.”