Aynor’s Johnson joins six Gamecocks in all-star games

Aynor native and South Carolina center T.J. Johnson’s college career isn’t over just yet.

Johnson, who has started more games than any other player in South Carolina football history, is among seven Gamecocks selected to play in college all-star games in hopes of showcasing their talents for NFL scouts.

Johnson and two other players will head to the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 19. The NFL Network will telecast that contest, which kicks off at 4 p.m. ET from Tropicana Field.

Representing the East squad are Johnson and defensive end Devin Taylor. Johnson started every game over the past four seasons – a school record 53 consecutive starts. The 6-6, 319-pound team captain was a second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches.

Taylor, a 6-8, 267-pounder from Beaufort, logged 45 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss in 2012. He finished his Carolina career with 35.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks, ranking among the school’s all-time top-10 in both categories.

Playing for the West squad will be linebacker DeVonte Holloman. The 6-2, 241-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., played the Spur position for the Gamecocks in 2012. He logged 57 tackles with 8.0 tackles for loss, forced a pair of fumbles, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

Two players have been selected to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be played at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Representing the Gamecocks are placekicker Adam Yates and defensive tackle Byron Jerideau.

Linebacker Shaq Wilson will play for the “Stars” team in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic, also on January 19. The 3 p.m. ET contest will be played at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Safety D.J. Swearinger will participate in the Senior Bowl on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The 4 p.m. ET kick will be televised on the NFL Network. Swearinger, a second-team All-SEC selection, was second on the squad with 79 tackles.

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