17 N.F.L. scouts have stopped by Gardner-Webb to check out OL Corey O'Daniel.

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    By David Scott
    Posted: Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
    At least 17 NFL scouts - including the Carolina Panthers - have stopped by Gardner-Webb's camp to check out offensive lineman Corey O'Daniel. COURTESY OF GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY

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    There are differences growing up in Louisville, Ky., and attending college in the small Cleveland County town of Boiling Springs.

    "In Louisville, it's stop-and-go traffic after school, or just about wherever you go," said Louisville native and Gardner-Webb offensive guard Corey O'Daniel, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound senior.

    "Here, you've got a one stop-light town."

    Playing for the Bulldogs has served O'Daniel well, however. At least 17 NFL scouts - including the Carolina Panthers - have stopped by Gardner-Webb's preseason camp to check him out. He's a first-team All-Big South player who also has made at least two preseason All-America teams.

    "Unless something crazy happens or he gets injured, he's got a shot at the NFL," said coach Steve Patton. "Somebody's going to take him because of his size and speed."

    And O'Daniel didn't find Gardner-Webb - located in Boiling Springs, about 55 miles west of Charlotte - by accident.

    Although he was recruited early out of prep power St. Xavier High by Kentucky and Louisville, O'Daniel was attracted by Gardner-Webb's wide-open offensive style.

    "It fits into what I do best, and that's pass block," said O'Daniel.

    Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/20...d-mix-big-odaniel-in-small.html#ixzz0yNpR4fHg

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