Will Muschamp was in the middle of answering a question about junior offensive lineman Alan Knott on a teleconference Sunday afternoon when he brought up a different player that has been impressing him.
The South Carolina coach felt the play of freshman Chandler Farrell, a walk-on from Summerville, S.C., warranted a compliment and it also should lead to immediate playing time.
“That guy is a good football player,” Muschamp said. “He is going to play for us this year.”
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Farrell gives the Gamecocks another option on the interior of the offensive line, specifically at center – a spot normally reserved for Knott. But the junior has been playing guard primarily as he works back from a hand injury.
So it’s junior Cory Helms likely starting with Knott in the mix along with Farrell and sophomore Donell Stanley bringing the ability to plan in the middle of the offensive line.
Farrell, whose father, Kenny, played at South Carolina from 1990-92, was a two-time all-state selection at Summerville.
“He plays the way we want to play at South Carolina,” Muschamp said. “He plays with great toughness. He plays with great effort. He’s a smart football player. He’s a guy that needs to be in our weight program for a year and just continue to grow and develop. Coming from Summerville, he knows something about hard work. He knows something about work ethic.
“He knows something about what it takes to be a successful person, which normally translates into being a successful football player. He’s gonna be on the bus going on September 1, I know that.”
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.