COLUMBIA -- Three players are out currently with fractured fibulas — Deebo Samuel, K.C. Crosby and Rico Dowdle — but head coach Will Muschamp said two of those three could be back if the Gamecocks make a bowl game.
Crosby injured his leg against Arkansas Oct. 7 and Dowdle a week later, and both could see time in the postseason. Dowdle had surgery to fix the bone Tuesday.
"He looks good. Jeff Guy, who does our surgery, feels really good about where he is and the injury," Muschamp said on his weekly radio show. "Certainly, in a bowl game situation, he'll be back. K.C. Crosby as well."
Samuel, who's missed the last month with his injury, could be back at the end of the year. The junior already had six touchdowns and 474 all-purpose yards before injury.
"Deebo Samuel, you're possibly looking at the end of the season of getting him some time," Muschamp said. "At the end of the day that's going to be a medical decision whether those guys are 100 percent and able to contribute to our football team."
Zack Bailey practiced this week and will be back to play against Vanderbilt Oct. 28. Muschamp said Cory Helms and Malik Young will likely be back as well for the next game.
He's still not sure if Terry Googer will be available, though.
If Bailey and the rest of the offensive linemen come back, it'll create an interesting dynamic. The line has been playing well in their stead, but Muschamp said the best five players will play, regardless of who's played most recently.
"We're going to play our best five, and that's the bottom line. I'm very proud of Blake Camper and the job he's done. Dennis Daley's continued to improve at the left tackle position. Sadarius Hutcherson's done some really nice things at left guard."