COLUMBIA, SC - He's not the first player from the SCISA ranks to transition to Division I football and Jacob August is certainly not the first to come to college with the incentive to prove that independent schools can product high-level talent.
With USC starting the Mississippi State game in a two-TE set, the Cardinal Newman graduate was in the lineup against the Bulldogs where he caught one pass for 10 yards.
"It is an honor to be from SCISA because I'm one of the few guys to make it out," August said.
"I'm just proud. There's a bunch of other guys like (Hammond graduate) Cannon Smith at Clemson. They all make it out and they do very well. We're all just trying to pull for each other."
When August lines up Saturday against East Carolina, he will face an East Carolina defensive line coached by former Gamecock assistant Deke Adams who was on the USC staff for three seasons. Adams is in his first year with the Pirates. August says he has a little extra motivation to do well Saturday.
"When he was here, I was on scout team most of the time and he was my coach more than anyone else," August said.
"I'm ready to go out there and show him I'm not a scout team player anymore."