Brandon Shell’s performance against Missouri drew the attention of then-offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, and not for a good reason.
Shell played what Elliott described as his worst game of the season.
Since then, it’s been a different story.
South Carolina’s interim coach praised the offensive tackle for playing with a revitalized physicality and renewed commitment over the past four games.
“Since the Missouri game, he’s been a much more physical football player,” Elliott said during Tuesday’s press conference.
“When he comes off the football now, he comes off to move people. He didn’t have a good game versus Missouri. It was a poorly played contest … the whole game in general. I don’t know why to that degree.”
After the loss to Mizzou, Elliott approached Shell and advised him to re-evaluate his commitment to the team.
He laid out out two options: Either continue on his current path or make a commitment.
The results speak for themselves.
“I said to show how physical you are and how dominating you can be as an offensive tackle,” Elliott recalled. “He took that to heart. He improved his physical nature.”
As far as Shell’s NFL future goes, Elliott said scouts are already showing interest in the 6-foot-6, 328-pound lineman.
Shell could have fled for NFL a year ago, but stuck around Columbia, S.C. to end his Gamecocks career on a high note.
“Brandon wanted to end strong, have a strong season for our team, and certainly wanted to come back to put together one big senior year,” Elliott said. “He’s having a good year other than the Missouri game. He’s continuing to be better. He’s got a good future.”