Gamecocks hope to see health improve

USC coach Steve Spurrier has seen a rash of injuries strike the Gamecocks over the first week of the season. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

USC coach Steve Spurrier has seen a rash of injuries strike the Gamecocks over the first week of the season. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

After the opening week of the season saw South Carolina thinned at multiple positions, coach Steve Spurrier offered an update on the Gamecocks’ injury situation Tuesday.

Spurrier said starting quarterback Connor Mitch, as well as, freshmen receivers Terry Googer and Deebo Samuel were scheduled to participate in the afternoon’s practice. A sophomore, Mitch suffered a hip pointer in USC’s 17-13 win over North Carolina on Sept. 3. Googer (thigh bruise) and Samuel (hamstring) were also banged up during the game.

In response to their injuries at receiver, South Carolina is also moving sophomore Jamari Smith to the position ahead of its SEC opener against Kentucky on Saturday at home. Smith has previously played running back and defensive back for the Gamecocks.

“I think a lot of the guys are getting back healthy,” Spurrier told reporters. “Most of the guys are pretty healthy. The only serious injury occurred in practice again when one of the D-linemen fell into Cody Waldrop’s leg and cracked a bone right above his ankle. He will be out for some time.”

A backup center, Waldrop is expected to miss most of the regular season after suffering a broken right ankle in a practice Saturday. Starting center Alan Knott played every down for the Gamecocks last week and now has true freshman Zack Bailey working as his backup.

Spurrier said junior Clayton Stadnik could also factor into the mix at the position.

 


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