South Carolina linebacker Rodney Paulk made his mark in the Gamecocks' big win last Saturday against Alabama.
He recorded his first two full sacks of the year on Alabama's Greg McElroy. Paulk and his teammates combined for seven sacks on McElroy.
Paulk has 14 tackles on the season and 2.5 sacks.
He has played in all five games this season after being in only part of last season's opener and missing most of 2008 because of injuries.
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The fifth-year linebacker will have a sixth year of eligibility if he wants after he was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA.
Talk about your two sacks on McElroy
The defensive backs did what they had to do. The linemen flushed him out and I had no choice but to be there. I only made those because of my teammates. If it weren't for them I'd probably be just covering like I normally do.
Coach Spurrier said fate played a big role in the win over Alabama. Agree with that?
Yeah it was fate, and it was the heart of the players and coaches and everybody coming together and executing.
What does the win say about the Gamecocks?
That we are capable of doing real big things here at South Carolina. ... We set history. It's never been done here at South Carolina with the football team. It feels great.
How did it feel to get the win right after the tough loss to Auburn?
It's a whole lot better than two weeks ago, knowing we beat ourselves against Auburn. We came into this game knowing we couldn't do the same thing.
How has the program changed since you've been here?
It's grown tremendously from my freshman year to now. You can see the dedication of the team, the focus of the team. Everybody is executing and being accountable.
What has the fan reaction been this year?
Everywhere you go people know you. It's a great feeling. We're going to continue to do our best and go out here and not let the fans down.
Talk about being a part of all the games this year after your recent battle with injuries.
It feels great. God's been with me throughout my injury, and this team's been with me. It's real great.
Talk about the upcoming road games at Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
They are going to be tough places to play, but we are capable of doing big things here. If we execute like we did (against Alabama) and carry that on to Kentucky and Vandy, the sky's the limit for us.