Josh Kendall

South Carolina has battle at left tackle, other spots settling in

Malik Young's unique perspective on left tackle battle

South Carolina offensive lineman Malik Young is in the thick of the competition for the left tackle job.
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South Carolina offensive lineman Malik Young is in the thick of the competition for the left tackle job.

South Carolina’s starting offensive line may be starting to take shape. Through the team’s first eight practices, Zack Bailey (right tackle), Cory Helms (right guard), Alan Knott (center) and Donnell Stanley (left guard) have been regulars with the first team, Stanley said after Tuesday’s practice concluded.

Malik Young and junior college transfer Dennis Daley are rotating with the first team at left tackle, Stanley said.

“It feels like (that will be the starting line), but you know (offensive line coach Eric Wolford) could change it at any time,” Stanley said.

Stanley started last season at guard but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the season. This fall, he’s fully healthy and feels good at the position, he said.

“It’s going good. I feel very comfortable around it,” he said of the position. “I feel very comfortable around all the guys.”

The entire offensive line has taken a step forward under Wolford, tight end Hayden Hurst said Thursday.

“They have been impressive,” Hurst said. “They are physical, understanding blocks. I have been impressed with those guys just as a whole unit.”

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