South Carolina football: JaMarcus King fields questions about the 2016 Clemson game

Hale McGranahan

COLUMBIA, S.C. – JaMarcus King was the first South Carolina football player who showed up to the media room on Tuesday morning at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Considering what happened in the Clemson game last season, it’s hard not to respect King’s courage to face the questions about his ride on Mike Williams’ back. The senior cornerback from Mobile, Ala. had to know they were coming.

“People kind of tag me in it [on Twitter], but I don’t want to get into all that,” King said. “It is what it is.”

He added, “I don’t watch it a lot, but they tag me in the picture, but it is what it is.”

That play, which ended as a 19-yard touchdown catch by Williams, served as motivation for King during the offseason.

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“I kind of got in the weight room – I did get in the weight room a lot more,” King said. “It won’t happen again.”

King is “more confident” and believes he “can do better” after dedicating himself to the weight room.

Through 11 games this season, he’s got 37 tackles, 11 pass breakups and an interception.

“As a corner, big plays happen,” King said. “I’m just here to lockdown.”