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When Javon Kinlaw gets a target, ‘They better call the ambulance’

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South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw explains why the defense dances during the game.
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South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw explains why the defense dances during the game.

South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw believes he can run anywhere on the field. Losing 40 pounds to a svelte 300 will do that.

And Florida tailback Mark Thompson learned that the hard way.

In the third quarter, he caught a pass in the flat. His immediate concern was getting around Gamecocks defensive back Jamyest Williams. The big man coming wasn’t his concern until later.

“They kept saying, ‘Watch the screen,’ ” Kinlaw said. “And I saw them throw that little pass, I said, ‘Oh yeah, it’s over with.’ So I just had to put the jets on.”

Kinlaw, who was outside on a stunt, came outside with speed. Thompson had stiff-armed Williams and was trying to move past him.

But Kinlaw caught him square, landed on him and then did a little high-step for good measure.

“In my mind, I’m fixing to knock this boy out,” Kinlaw said. “My eyes start drooling. ‘C’mon, slow him down a little bit.’ And then it happened. Jam slowed him down enough.”

It was part of a four-tackle day for Kinlaw, who also had a batted pass on the game-clinching interception.

His teammate, Taylor Stallworth, had a front-row seat to seeing the big man move.

“I did my technique, then I see JK coming free,” Stallworth said. “And I see Jam slowing him down. All that went in my mind, they better call the ambulance because this a big boy.”

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