There was a time when Gyasi Yeldell was nothing more than a pup who was asked to go up against bigger, more experienced linemen.
Since his freshman season, Yeldell has gotten stronger and has added about 20 pounds. Maybe the senior Bulldog will be the hound this season.
“Being one of the smaller ones as a freshman, it was more of a challenge, playing against juniors and seniors,” Yeldell said. “Now that I’m a senior, hopefully it’ll be the other way around.”
The left tackle/defensive tackle has been an important piece during his time at Silver Bluff, working the line and never getting muzzled by the opposition for long. That includes the 2012 season, when the Bulldogs went 11-2 and advanced to the Class AA, Division II Lower State championship game.
Whether Silver Bluff will have the bark it had last season remains to be seen, but Yeldell, a first team All-Area defensive selection for South Carolina as a junior, will certainly help.
Each season, the two-way starter has gained confidence and added more bite. He gives a lot of credit for his training to coach Al Lown and his staff.
“Listening to coaches is important,” Yeldell said. “They teach us all our fundamentals. If we don’t listen to them, we won’t be successful at all.”