South Carolina has had two true freshman defensive backs who have seen a lot of game action through six games in the 2022 season in Nick Emmanwori and D.Q. Smith.
Both of the local products have shined during their time on the field and especially Emmanwori who leads the team in tackles with 37. In addition to his 37 tackles, Emmanwori also has one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
On Tuesday, College Football News’ Rich Cirminiello released his Midseason Freshman All-American Team and Emmanwori made the list.
Emmanwori’s best game this season came in the loss to Georgia as he recorded 14 tackles. Just the week before, Emmanwori tallied 11 tackles against Arkansas.
In a press conference prior to the Charlotte game, head coach Shane Beamer expressed just how impressed he has been with the Gamecocks’ true freshman.
“He has been awesome,” Beamer said. “He’s come in and the moment hasn’t been too big for him. He has really worked hard, and he just continues to get better. If there is something that he is not as good at as he wants to be right now, he he works at it. We are able to put him in different places and move him around and do different things with him which is not easy to do as a young player.”
In an interview at South Carolina’s Pigskin Poets on July 29, Emmanwori said he has confidence in his skillset and said he can fill a gap or cover the opponent’s best receiver.
“I can run with your number one receiver,” Emmanwori said. “I ran a 4.4 when I went to the Carolina camp. I am a big guy that can move, and I am physical enough to come fit the gaps and come down when it is run. My skillset kind of plays its part.”
Emmanwori and the Gamecocks will return to action on Saturday as it welcomes Texas A&M to Williams-Brice Stadium for a 7:30 pm kickoff.