Sanders impresses in first career start

Playing time for Shilo Sanders reached new heights on Saturday afternoon. South Carolina’s redshirt freshman safety logged his first career start and did not disappoint. The second-year defensive back, who spent last year developing as a cornerback, went out and led the Gamecock defense with 10 combined tackles, nine of which were solo stops. Playing as the last line of defense in South Carolina’s secondary, Sanders did not allow any Auburn playmakers get by him. He was responsible for two of the biggest stops of the game.

In the video below you can see Sanders push Tigers quarterback Bo Nix out of bounds with seconds left in the game. Earlier in the contest, he prevented freshman running back Tank Bigsby from turning a long run into a touchdown.




Sanders has played in all four games this season. He has 20 total tackles, 15 unassisted. 

Below is a more information on which Gamecock freshmen were listed on the participation chart and what stats they recorded. Redshirts are labeled with a (R).

OFFENSE
WR Rico Powers – No stats recorded; targeted on offense
WR Ger-Cari Caldwell – No stats recorded
TE Keveon Mullins (R) – No stats recorded; targeted on offense
TE KeShawn Toney (R) – No stats recorded
TE Eric Shaw – No stats recorded

DEFENSE
Shilo Sanders (R) – Made first career start; led Gamecock defense with 10 tackles
DE Tonka Hemingway – Made first career start; one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
BUCK Jordan Burch  – Two tackles
DB Joey Hunter – No stats recorded
LB Mohamed Kaba – No stats recorded
BUCK Rodricus Fitten (R) – No stats recorded




SPECIALISTS
P Kai Kroeger – Five punts for 242 yards (48.4 avg), three inside 20-yard line (long of 53 yards)
PK Mitch Jeter – Six kickoffs for 347 yards (57.8 avg) and four touchbacks




DID NOT PLAY OR DID NOT DRESS
QB/WR Luke Doty
RB Rashad Amos
WR Mike Wyman
TE Traevon Kenion (R)
TE Jaheim Bell
OL Vershon Lee
OL Jakai Moore (R)
OL Trai Jones
OL Vincent Murphy (R)
OL Tyshawn Wannamaker

CB Cam Smith (R)
DB O’Donnell Fortune
DB Dominick Hill
DE Joseph Anderson (R)
BUCK Gilber Edmond
DL Alex Huntley
DL Makius Scott

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