After a sometimes entertaining romp at Texas A&M last week, the Gamecocks find themselves in a similar situation this Saturday at Tennessee. A suspect defense facing off against a good offense with a dual-threat QB in Joshua Dobbs--who happened to have an OK game against South Carolina last year (166 yards and 3 TD's rushing and 23-40 for 301 yards and 2 TD's and an INT passing). 17-point underdogs at a 4-4 Tennessee is, um, never good, but Tennessee had the excruciating misfortune to lose three close games to good teams (Oklahoma, Florida, and Alabama), which seems to have stiffened the bookmakers' spines enough to let everyone gamble on a beat down.
Luckily, the Gamecocks come into this game largely healthy again. Mitch and Nunez are able to step in for a probably-still-winded-from-last-week-Perry Orth if needed, Pharoh's leg doesn't seem to have anyone too worried, and the rest of the regular skill players look to be available in some capacity. That doesn't mean the defense won't work hard at ensuring this needs to be a shootout to be winnable, but I guess it could be worse? Maybe? A little? Anyway, without further rambling, I'll let Mr. Auguste's army of tiny heads update you with the latest Gamecock injury report (for the backstory on that, click here.)
|One Auguste||Expected to play, might not start|
|Two Augustes||Game-time decision|
Deebo Samuel, WR
Samuel has been fighting a nagging hamstring injury that's kept him sidelined for the past five games. Although he tried to practice this week, he's out for the Tennessee game and currently has no timeline for a return.
Taylor Stallworth, DL
Stallworth, who suffered a chest injury against A&M, is expected to miss the Tennessee game. He's been part of a rotation at Defensive Tackle in parts of 7 games this year, so hopefully his absence will be mitigated by the rest of the line.
Pharoh Cooper, WR
A thigh injury has kept Carolina's do-everything talent from practicing at full speed this week, but he's not expected to miss any time against the Vols.
Cody Waldrop, OL
Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop has been wearing a no contact jersey this week as he continues to recover from an ankle injury he suffered in practice while preparing for the Kentucky game.
Rico McWilliams, DB
Mcwilliams, who suffered a concussion against Vandy, is expected back this week. He may even start!
Jerad Washington, WR
Washington, a true freshman who was taking reps with the third team, broke his leg in practice just before the season opener and will miss the entire season.
Shaq Davidson, WR
The redshirt freshman had his season wiped out due to a torn ligament in his knee that required surgery to repair.