The Gamecocks have been fortunate enough to not have any injuries on the field in fall camp, until today. Junior Mike Matulis sprained his left knee, but head coach Steve Spurrier noted the Gamecock staff is hoping for the best.
“Mike Matulis sprained his knee fairly severely,” said coach Spurrier.
“They’ll wait and check it out and let us know how severe that was. We’re hoping it’s not as severe as it appeared. Other than that, I think everybody got out healthy.”
Besides the injury, things were looking up for the offense in today’s play.
The offense was noted to be looking a little sharper than last week. Led by senior Dylan Thompson, they swarmed right into the end zone for a touchdown on their first drive. The drive totalled eight runs for 58 yards, including five by Brandon Wilds for 43 yards.
“The offense did some good things today,” the Head Ball Coach stated.
“We ran the ball. We came out and ran it, ran it, ran it. Our D-line didn’t play near like they played the first scrimmage, or our linebackers. For us to be successful we know we’ve got to run the ball.”
Shon Carson showed out with a three-yarder for a score. The final touchdown of the day came from Perry Orth and Damiere Byrd. The two hooked up on back-to-back completions, the first gaining 18 yards, and the second covering 20 yards for a score. Also, Elliott Fry notched a 48-yard field goal.
“Dylan (Thompson) hit about everything and made some nice checks,” said Coach Spurrier. “He’s ready to play. We’ve got to keep him healthy, but he’s ready to have a big year I believe. The O-line played well today. Perry (Orth) had an excellent day. He had three drops. He threw the ball very well, stayed in the pocket, got rid of it, avoided sacks. If we had to put somebody in today (to replace Thompson), there’s a good chance he would probably be in there. But we’ll let them practice all through the week. He and Connor Mitch will keep fighting for it. (Michael) Scarnecchia got in there at the end and he played like a freshman, but he’s going to be a good player. It’s just all new to him right now. He’s capable. Hopefully, if we don’t have to play him, he’ll redshirt and be ready to compete for the starting job next year.”
The defense had a pair of interceptions. Connor Mitch threw into the midsection of Sidney Rhodes and was picked off by defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth. Later, D.J. Smith intercepted a deep ball thrown by Scarnecchia.
“I thought we were ok (defensively),” defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said.
“I thought we made some plays. I feel like we got better. They had some rush yards in the first series. We didn’t give up any deep balls. I think we had one penalty back there, so that was better than last Saturday’s scrimmage.”
Coach Ward also touched on the starting line-up this year in which positions for the upcoming August 28 kick-off.
“I think after we watch video today we’ll have (a depth chart). It’s close at the safety spot. Right now it would be Chaz (Elder) and (Chris) Moody, with T.J. (Gurley) and J.J. (Marcus) real close. At corners it will probably be Brison (Williams) at one corner and Al Harris Jr. at the other. I’m comfortable with any of the seven linebackers we can put on the field,” added Ward, “and that’s not counting the two Spurs.”
Take a look at what junior Kaiwan Lewis had to say about today’s scrimmage.
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