Josh Kendall

South Carolina lineman not moving far after NFL Draft

Born in Florida, Dennis Daley cheered for the Miami Dolphins even after he and his family moved to Columbia. Not anymore.

“I was never a Panthers fan growing up, but I’m a Panthers fans now,” Daley said. “I’m a Panthers fan now for sure.”

Daley, an offensive tackle at South Carolina for the last two seasons, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers on Saturday afternoon with a compensatory pick between the sixth and seventh rounds. The former Ridge View High School star watched the draft with his family at his mother’s house in Columbia on Saturday.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I sat here and waited all day yesterday and all day today. I never lost faith, never lost hope. I knew it was going to come sooner or later.”

When he saw a 704 area code on his phone Saturday afternoon, he knew his time had come.

“I think I talked to the whole staff. I can’t remember who I talked to first,” Daley said. “That’s probably one of the best things that has happened to me honestly.”

Daley played two seasons at Georgia Military College and then started 25 games on the offensive line for the Gamecocks.