The Gamecocks have a major task ahead of them in the form of Myles Garrett.
Texas A&M’s sophomore defensive end is a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, and for good reason. Through seven games, Garrett leads the Aggies in sacks (8.5), tackles for loss (13.5), forced fumbles (4) and quarterback hits (7). He also has an interception and a blocked kick.
So, Shawn Elliott, your plan to slow down Garrett?
“I don’t know if you can stop a guy like that,” Elliott said during his weekly press conference Tuesday. “You can’t take seven-step drops and let him rush the passer. I don’t care what kind of offensive tackles you’ve got. You’ve got to mix in protections, slide protections, move in the pocket, cut protections. You can’t give him the same protection over and over again and let him get off the ball.
“They’ve got a good front seven that’ll get after you, so we’ve got to keep him (Garrett) at balance. No third-and-longs. We’re going to count on our offensive line to do a good job and we’ve got to be smart in how we do it.”
The Texas A&M defensive front received no shortage of praise Tuesday from the players planning to see it on Saturday.
That includes starting quarterback Perry Orth, who echoed the sentiment of his interim coach.
“Their front four is one of the better front fours I’ve seen on tape,” said Orth. “Those two defensive tackles are special.”