COLUMBIA, S.C. — Cory Helms doesn’t mind what position he plays.
As a freshman at Wake Forest, Helms started 11 games at center on his way to being named a Freshman All-American. As a sophomore in 2014, Helms began the season as the starting left guard, before moving to center for the final five games of the season.
Now eligible to play for South Carolina as a redshirt junior, he was listed on the preseason depth chart as the starting right guard. However, Helms continues working as first-team center while Alan Knott recovers from hand surgery.
“So far, I’ve only taken first-string center reps, but I think a lot of that is due of Alan being out,” Helms said.
Mason Zandi remains the starting left tackle with Zack Bailey at left guard, Donell Stanley at right guard and D.J. Park at right tackle. For now, they’re the starting five, but things can change over the next few weeks, perhaps as soon as Knott is fully-cleared.
A week into preseason camp, this much is certain: Helms is comfortable with where the starting offensive line is headed.
“I think we like what we’ve got right now,” he said. “Every day, we’re trying to take a little step forward. And, so far, I think we’ve done that. We’re pretty confident in what can we do.”
And Helms is confident that he can contribute wherever he’s needed, whether that’s at center, guard or tackle.
“Honestly, I like that because, obviously, my goal is to go to the next level,” he said, “So it shows that I can play every position.”