The goal of every pre-season practice and scrimmage is simple: don't get hurt. Carolina failed on back-to-back evenings in achieving that goal, which leaves the Gamecocks down two men heading into their match-up next Thursday evening against Texas A&M.
First up, Jamari Smith, at a position where the Gamecocks don't exactly carry a ton of depth to begin with - cornerback. The news is he's broken his foot and won't be able to return this year:
Gamecocks lose Jamari Smith for the season (AUDIO) http://t.co/v5Et2uw0tC— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 19, 2014
Elsewhere on the practice field, Mike Matulis found out he sprained his knee in the Gamecocks' most recent scrimmage, leaving him out for the Texas A&M game and questionable for the rest of the season.
Mike Matulis has been diagnosed w/ a left knee sprain. He will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks-Spurrier hopeful for mid-season return.— Alyssa Lang WLTX (@AlyssaLang) August 18, 2014
The injury leaves the Gamecocks down an offensive lineman, a position that began the season as a strength but obviously cannot sustain too many injuries.
Carolina returns to practice tomorrow evening.