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Pinkins ready to lead Carolina

July 3, 2003

He doesn't weigh as much as Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen, but there are not alot of 245 pound quarterbacks in college football who can run as fast as Camilla's Dondrial Pinkins.

Then again there aren't many 145 pound quarterbacks who can runs as fast as the redshirt junior.

Pinkins is spending this summer in Columbia, South Carolina attending classes and getting ready for his first full season as the starting quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The former Mitchell-Baker star gave Gamecock fans a glimpse of his potential when Lou Holtz started Pinkins in South Carolina's final two games last year.

Those two games were at Florida and at cross-state rival Clemson, two of the toughest stadiums for any visting team to play in in the nation.

Even though South Carolina lost both games, Dondrial Pinkins excelled with 84 yards rushing against the Gators and a 70 yard touchdown pass against at Clemson.

Pinkins says those two games provided him a valuable learning experience as he and his teammates look to bounce back from last year's five and seven record that included five straight losses to end the season.

Dondrial Pinkins said "I went into spring with the focus of not turning the ball over that is Coach Holtz's main thing. He hates a quarterback that turns the ball over and I finished the spring with no turnovers and I think I showed them alot and that I can handle the job this season."

Dondrial Pinkins says he has completely recovered from a bout of tendonitis in his elbow that bothered him during spring practice.

South Carolina opens the season Augusta 30th at home against Louisiana-LaFayette.

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