Darius English will play one more game wearing a South Carolina helmet.
The former Gamecock defensive end will play in the East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 21, an annual senior all-star game that selects players based on NFL potential.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound English was named South Carolina’s defensive MVP this season after his stellar senior year. English recorded 9 sacks, landing him fifth on the school’s single-season record list.
He also had 13 tackles for loss among his 60 tackles overall in 2016.
“Hopefully, I have a chance,” English said of playing in the NFL in December. “I will give it a shot and hopefully things go well.”
English, a Powder Springs, Ga., native was named to the All-SEC second-team by the Associated Press.
That’s a goal English said he did not set leading up to his senior year, instead focusing on playing hard. Coach Will Muschamp consistently praised English for that effort and he was named a game day captain six times through the season, a team-high.
“He practices hard,” Muschamp said. “He goes out and practices the right way. Coming out of spring because of his hip injury, I had no idea that he would even contribute other than maybe situational pass rushing. He has been good in a lot of situations this year for us. But I go back to practice would be the most important thing that I’ve seen this guy do every day.”
The East-West Shrine Game takes place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on NFL Network at 3 pm ET on Jan. 21.