From reports by GamecockCentral.com and USC Sports Information
South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier upgraded Mike Davis’ status to probable when he spoke with reporters on Tuesday after he initially said on Sunday the junior running back was “sort of doubtful” with bruised ribs.
However, Davis has made significant progress over the past three days and Spurrier said Wednesday on the weekly SEC teleconference that he should be able to play against East Carolina Saturday night.
Davis was injured in one of USC’s final scrimmages of preseason camp when he caught a helmet in the rib area, Spurrier said. However, he played against the Aggies and rushed six times for 15 yards until leaving the game after aggravating the rib injury.
“He was gimpy the week before the (Texas A&M) game and then got cleared to play two or three days before the game,” Spurrier said. “Then he got hit again on it, but he is back to where he was before last week’s game. He feels pretty good right now and should be ready to go.”
Elliott, O-line focus
on the running game
Offensively, O-line coach Shawn Elliott said that Will Sport is penciled in to make the start at right guard over Cody Waldrop, while Alan Knott has been running with the first team at center over Clayton Stadnik.
“I’m not 100 percent sure yet (on who would start at center), but Alan Knott has had a good week of practice,” Elliott said. “These guys all work hard. They all deserve a chance to get in there and show what they can do. (Sport) had a great camp.
“These guys have opportunities to play. They don’t come out here and bust their tails for two-and-a-half hours for it to be so even to not give one guy another chance. He’s worked hard and he’s going to be given the opportunity to go out there and get the job done.”
Elliott said that everyone associated with the Gamecock program was disappointed by last Thursday’s performance against Texas A&M. “It was a very disappointing outing for us. It gets your attention.”
“But we faced a very good football team. They came out well-prepared and took it to us. We expect the same thing from East Carolina this week. We have to hone in on some of the skills that we’ve set throughout the course of camp and bring them out on game day. We’ve got another opportunity. No one game makes or breaks a football season,” Elliott said.
Elliott knows the Gamecocks will need to run the ball more effectively to beat East Carolina. “We’ve put a little more emphasis on (the running game). We had some opportunities to run the football last week. It just didn’t work out. We’ve got some backs that want to run it. We’ve got some lineman that want to block for it. We’ll see how it pans out on Saturday.”
On the defensive side of the ball, senior cornerback Brison Williams was held out of practice on Wednesday with a bruised right forearm.
Gamecocks, Tar Heels
kick off 2015 Sept. 3
The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Wednesday that the 2015 college football kickoff game between South Carolina and North Carolina will be played on Thursday, Sept 3. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sept. 5, the game will now be helping kick off the season on primetime national television.
Specific information on kickoff time, television network and ticket information will be released later.
Tommy Suggs Scholarship
goes to Dylan Thompson
The Tommy Suggs Endowed Quarterback Scholarship has been awarded to quarterback Dylan Thompson. Thompson is a senior sport and entertainment management major from Boiling Springs. Head football coach Steve Spurrier selected Thompson to receive this award based on his exemplary performance and leadership on and off the field.
The scholarship was established in recognition of Tommy Suggs (’71), former Gamecock quarterback and longtime radio color commentator for South Carolina Football.
Suggs is chair of the Athletics’ Garnet Way Campaign and is also a member of the Carolina’s Promise Campaign Committee.
He currently serves as President and CEO of KeenanSuggs Insurance in Columbia.