2016-08-12 / Sports

August, Brunson, Charlton part of U.S.C. rebuilding efforts

Story by Josh Cruse

Joseph Charlton Joseph Charlton A lot of South Carolina Gamecock fans would like to forget the 2015 season. A 3-9 record along with the resignation of longtime head coach Steve Spurrier led to multiple changes in the offseason for South Carolina.

One player who got to see his fair share of playing time in 2015 was former Cardinal Newman star Jacob August. The walk-on, tight end played in five games, starting in three. He caught four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown, a 13-yard pass from Lorenzo Nunez in the third quarter of the Gamecocks’ 31-14 win over Central Florida on September 26.

August said, “It was unbelievable, something that I dreamed about growing up. Finally getting that experience really humbled me. Hopefully I can do that for three more years.”

August said when interim coach Shawn Elliott replaced Spurrier, he instilled a toughness in the team that was missing under the “Head Ball Coach.”

T.J. Brunson T.J. Brunson Now with first year coach Will Muschamp at the helm, August says the new coach has brought new energy to the team. He predicts the wins will also increase in the near future.

August’s breakout season was due in part to help from upperclassmen like fellow tight end Jerrell Adams. Adams took August, along with the other tight ends, under his wing and taught them the position.

During the offseason, August joined his fellow tight ends for workouts twice a day, every day. The workouts include practicing on footwork.

Along with August, former A.C. Flora kicker Joseph Charlton was also a part of last year’s squad.

Unlike August, Charlton sat out last season as a redshirt. The former Falcon kicker says taking the year off helped him recover from a back injury that plagued him his senior year at A.C. Flora.

As Muschamp works through fall camp, he hopes Charlton will claim the kickoff role.

Jacob August 
Contributed by South Carolina Athletics Jacob August Contributed by South Carolina Athletics “He certainly has the leg for it; he just needs to be consistent in kicking the ball and placement, because ball placement is so important on all the kickoffs,” Muschamp said.

As for August, Muschamp says he fits the role as a flex tight end, along with Kevin Crosby and Hayden Hurst.

In February, Muschamp welcomed in his first recruiting class, including former Richland Northeast star T.J. Brunson.

The 2016 season appears to be a rebuilding one under Muschamp. South Carolina was picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference’s eastern division by the media.

Charlton and August hope to play a role in any team success, while Brunson’s role has yet to be determined.

For August, being able to represent Cardinal Newman at South Carolina has been an honor.

“It means a lot. Not a lot of people get to come out of Cardinal Newman and be in the situation I’m in. It’s just really awesome seeing people from Cardinal Newman come up to me and talk to me. It’s really humbling,” August said.

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