Senior defensive lineman Dante Sawyer came to the Gamecocks in 2015 a high four star via the JUCO route at East Mississippi C.C. (Scooba, MS).
Yep. It’s that East Mississippi Lions program. The same school shown in the Netflix documentary about JUCO football, Last Chance U. Sawyer played for the Lion’s in 2014, the year before the first season of the documentary was filmed.
Sawyer is one of East Mississippi’s success stories, still followed and encouraged by @Brittany_MSgirl, the hard working athletic academic counselor and life coach featured in the documentary.
Just follow his Twitter feed and you can tell Sawyer is blessed with a happy-go-lucky, infectious personality. He’s a natural born leader. He’s the kind of guy who makes you smile. The kind of guy about whom you build a defensive line. Shocked @CoachWMuschamp didn’t carry Sawyer to Birmingham.
He didn’t escape SECMD17 unnoticed, Muschamp tagged Sawyer as a defensive team leader in his speech to the media/blogosphere at #SECMD17.
It starts up front in our league obviously. Taylor Stallworth, Ulric Jones, and Dante Sawyer are three seniors. For us to play well defensively, we need these guys to play well.
@CoachWMuschamp ‘s remarks, SEC Media Days 2017
Sawyer underwent a shoulder operation in the spring of 2016 and missed much of @Jeff_Dillman’s 2016 off season conditioning. Still, he had a decent 2016 season playing in all 13 games, 25 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. After a full off season working out with Jeff Dillman’s crew, that’s just the beginning.
Nigh time for a @Buzzsawww breakout.