South Carolina football: Gamecocks OL up for the challenge in Charlotte

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a little over a week, the offensive tackles on the South Carolina football team won’t have to hear another word about North Carolina State’s defensive ends.

Bradley Chubb and Kentavius Street this, Darian Roseboro that — it’s a trio that doesn’t take a back seat to anybody, except for maybe the orange-clad group at Clemson that also plays in the ACC’s Atlantic division.

N.C. State’s three defensive ends combined to make 23 sacks in 2016. Chubb, the headliner, led the Wolfpack with 10.5. Street, who squatted 700 pounds this summer, had 5.5 sacks. Roseboro, the third man in the rotation, had 7 as a sophomore last season.

On Saturday, they’ll provide stiff competition for Malik Young and Zack Bailey, South Carolina’s first-year starters at left and right tackle, respectively.

“I’m really looking forward to it, because I take every challenge as an opportunity in my head, because I feel like that’s an opportunity to prove myself,” Young said. “They have a really good defensive line, four legit guys, maybe five.”

Their starting defensive tackles B.J. Hill and Justin Jones will be just as formidable for the interior of Gamecocks line. Eurndraus Bryant, who went to Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C., will also work into the rotation for the Wolfpack.

“They have a good D-line,” Bailey said. “All four of [starters are] good players, got good size, rush up the field pretty well. I’m going to give them the respect.”

Bailey paused slightly, perhaps to avoid giving them some bulletin board material, too.

“On game day,” he said, “I’m going to do my job and see who wins.”

According to Young, that starts with three things.

“Play hard, play fast and play with discipline,” he said.

For the game, which kicks off from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at 3 p.m. ET, N.C. State is a 6-point favorite. Odds-makers would probably list South Carolina’s offensive line as an even heavier underdog.

Young believes N.C. State has a little bit of everything along their defensive front.

“They know how to use their hands to get off the ball. Their ends rush up the field really good. Their interior, they’ve got two strong guys,” he said. “They’re pretty good. They’re a good D-line. They’re a well-coached D-line.”

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