Sophomore defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was headed for an All-SEC season before he sprained his shoulder in Baton Rouge two weeks ago. Quarles did not travel with the team to Gainesville last week, and Lorenzo Ward said after practice today that Quarles will also be out for the Tennessee game this Saturday in Williams-Brice.
When asked who would replace Quarles, Ward deferred to defensive line coach Brad Lawing's judgment but indicated that he expected redshirt sophomore J.T. Surratt to start in his place. Surratt was suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of team rules but has played well and added some much-needed depth along the Gamecocks' interior defensive line since he returned.
While the Gamecoks would obviously prefer to have Quarles available, it's worth noting that the defensive line played exceptionally well in his absence during last week's loss to Florida, limiting the Gators to their lowest rushing output of the season (85) and just 1.85 yards per carry. South Carolina has a bye week on November 3rd, and Quarles is expected to be ready to play by the November 10th SEC finale against Arkansas.