Kendall's Key Number: Big Tennessee DT presents challenge for USC

Posted by JOSH KENDALL on October 17, 2013 

Georgia Tennessee Football

Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel McCullers (98)

WADE PAYNE — AP

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That was Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers’ weight at the start of fall camp. Spread out over 6 feet, 8 inches, that makes for a big man, but it’s smaller than McCullers was last year.

In his first season out of Georgia Military College, McCullers weight 380 pounds.

“He’s a big human,” South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “He can cause some havoc in there. We have to have our feet in the ground and play real tough.”

That will be complicated by the fact that South Carolina is expected to start 281-pound redshirt freshman Clayton Stadnik at center and either 296-pound true freshman Na’Ty Rodgers or 294-pound sophomore Will Sport at right guard in the first start of their career.

McCullers plays strongside 3-technique, which is a fancy way of saying he will line up on the outside shoulder of the guard on either side of the field, depending on the opponent’s formation.

“He’s a big guy,” South Carolina left guard A.J. Cann said. “You have to get low on those big guys like that.”

McCullers had a career-high eight tackles last year against the Gamecocks.

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