South Carolina will celebrate its upset win over No. 18 Tennessee for a while, but the Gamecocks are probably also thrilled about never having to see Derek Barnett again.
Despite the loss, the Volunteers’ prolific pass rusher continued his recent dominance in conference play, recording 3 more sacks Saturday night.
The junior defensive end, who has 7 career sacks against the Gamecocks, has rocketed up Tennessee’s record books and is just 3 quarterback takedowns away from tying Reggie White for the Volunteers’ all-time mark (32 sacks).
In just 2.5 years, the All-American has 29 sacks and is easily on pace for his third-straight double-digit sack season — a feat never accomplished at Tennessee.
Through eight games, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Nashville native has 36 tackles, 9 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles.
Barnett has continued to do serious damage against SEC foes, with 26 of his 29 career sacks coming in conference play.
The junior is considered a surefire first rounder in the 2017 NFL Draft, with ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. ranking Barnett No. 11 overall on his latest Big Board.
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) October 27, 2016