COREY ROBINSON

Position: Left tackle

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-8, 348

Hometown: Havelock, N.C.

Last year: Started all 13 games at left tackle.

Previously: No. 10 So. S Chaz Elder, No. 9 So. C Cody Waldrop, No. 8 So. DE Gerald Dixon

To help get you through college football's slow days of early July - before conference media days launch the preseason festivities - we've counted down the 10 most important South Carolina Gamecocks and 10 most important Clemson Tigers for 2014. One Gamecock and one Tiger every day, so you can spend part of your summer studying the players who will make a difference for your team come autumn.

SOUTH CAROLINA'S NO. 7 - COREY ROBINSON, SENIOR, LEFT TACKLE

His experiment on the defensive line seems like forever ago. Corey Robinson has found a home on South Carolina's offensive line, and it couldn't be at a more important position.

Robinson will have Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson's back this fall, literally. After blocking Connor Shaw's blindside last season, Robinson will carry the same responsibility with Shaw's replacement.

Since returning from his defensive hiatus, Robinson has started 22 of the past 23 games at left tackle. He started all 13 games there last season. That kind of consistency helps a quarterback against the pass rush.

It's reason enough to make Robinson one of South Carolina's most important players this season, but pass blocking is only part of it. Robinson's raw physicality - he was listed as the third most-physical player in college football by NFL.com - makes the fifth-year senior an important cog in what could be a dominant running game.

Robinson is the second-tallest player on South Carolina's roster - standing 6-8 - and the heaviest at 348 pounds. His muscle will be paired on the left side of the line with guard A.J. Cann, the Gamecocks' best offensive lineman.

If Robinson plays up to his potential - he's a legitimate NFL prospect - a lot of defensive fronts will struggle standing up to the left side of South Carolina's offensive line. Not bad for a player who once thought defensive tackle would be his future.