South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams not likely to start Thursday

Jerell Adam's status is in doubt for South Carolina's season opener against North Carolina.

Jerell Adam’s status is in doubt for South Carolina’s season opener against North Carolina (Stacy Revere/ Getty Images).

Two South Carolina wideouts are already out for the season, and senior tight end Jerell Adams will also likely be missing from the South Carolina starting lineup during Thursday night’s season opener against North Carolina.

Adams (hamstring) did not practice for the third straight day on Monday, and coach Steve Spurrier doubts that Adams will start against North Carolina,’s David Cloninger reports.

There’s some room for optimism, though; the senior has not been ruled out of the game, and he posted positive messages on Instagram over the weekend indicating he’s excited to take the field.

If the Pinewood S.C., native can’t go, Spurrier has three primary candidates to take Adams’ reps: true freshmen Hayden Hurst and Kyle Markway, and redshirt freshman K.C. Crosby.

This is an untimely ailment for Adams, who is supposed to step into a prominent role this season after catching only 38 passes in his first three years as a Gamecock.

“I haven’t got a lot of playing time,” he told’s Richard Breen earlier this month. “I understand. I had older guys in front of me that had been doing what I was doing, so I just waited my time.”

Spurrier has been one of his loudest supporters.

“We keep thinking he’s going to bust out and really have a big year,” Spurrier told Breen. “He should this year. Jerell will get a lot of opportunities, and hopefully he’ll have a big year.”

USC’s air attack will already be missing receivers Shaq Davidson (knee) and Jerad Washington (left leg), who are both out for the season.

— By Alex M. Smith, Special for The Atlanta Journal-Consitution

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