June 29, 2007

Time to Shine, Part II

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

Today, we profile two more members of head coach Steve Spurrier's first recruiting class that will be counted on to step to the forefront this season. If they do, the Gamecocks' chances of playing in their first SEC Championship game will increase significantly.

Free safety Brandon Isaac was forced to redshirt last season due to a shoulder injury and a mix up on his transcript from his initial admission to the University that could have caused him to miss several games as part of the penalty to restore his eligibility.

However, entering the 2007 season, those problems appear to be behind the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Isaac as he prepares for his senior campaign. The Blackville native reclaimed the starting position at free safety during spring practice and displayed some big-time ability, making plays against the run and showing excellent ball skills and the ability to break on the ball in pass coverage.

Isaac, a four-star prospect from Georgia Military Academy, made his debut for the Gamecocks in 2005 as the starter at free safety in the season opener against Central Florida, a game in which he tied his season high for tackles with eight.

The following week at Georgia, Isaac was involved in a play that could have changed the Gamecock fortunes tremendously. Late in the fourth quarter with Georgia facing a second-and-long, quarterback D.J. Shockley dropped back and telegraphed a pass across the middle that Isaac had in his sights the entire way.

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