The Gamecocks were off today, but will be back at it tomorrow morning as the team holds their first scrimmage of the fall. Will Muschamp and a few of the coaches met the media early this afternoon to detail plans for during and after the session.
—First, and most importantly, the quarterback battle. Muschamp said that Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain are tied on the depth chart right now, with Jake Bentley looking solid but behind due to lack of experience. Muschamp plans to cut the race to two players shortly after the scrimmage.
—Good news for the Gamecocks’ WRs: freshman Bryan Edwards and redshirt sophomore Deebo Samuel will be “full go” tomorrow. As we’ve noted, the two of them have been held up due to hamstring injuries, so the fact that they’ll be ready to go is certainly good news. Looking at the depth chart, Javon Charleston, Terry Googer and Jamari Smith are also showing in the rotation, and those three will be tested tomorrow in the event that Samuel and Edwards can’t go in the regular season for some reason. I’d have to say that things will hold on the chart when it comes to Edwards and Samuel being looked at as #1 WR options.
—The staff will apparently be treating this as much as an actual game as possible to get the team ready.
Muschamp says 2nd 1/2 of Sat. scrimmage to include coaches in press box and score tied at 21. #Gamecocks #UofSC— Willie Smith (@willie_t_smith) August 12, 2016
—It didn’t come up today, but the RB rotation looks to be A.J. Turner with the ones and David Williams with the twos. Muschamp said yesterday that Turner had distanced himself in the running back battle, so while a good performance in the scrimmage may not give the freshman the starting job against Vandy, I’d call the race all but done if the freshman impresses as much as he has thus far.
—The scrimmage is set for 9:15 a.m. and will be closed to the public and media. Sunday’s two-a-day practice (9:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.) is closed to the public as well, but Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. sessions are open.