Notes and quotes from today’s Gamecocks scrimmage, the first of two they’ll run during preseason camp:
—Will Muschamp commented on how impressed he was with the work ethic of the team. “I don’t feel like we’ve taken a step back in 11 days,” he told the assembled media after the scrimmage, which saw 140 plays run. From a discipline standpoint, the team only committed three penalties.
Muschamp: Defense started with a three and out, but Bentley progressed well— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 12, 2017
Muschamp notes that progression of Bentley has allowed them to do more with offense, but also the bevy of offensive weapons does as well.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 12, 2017
—One name that Muschamp mentioned was Jamarcus King, saying that the senior “need(s) to be more consistent.” He was complimentary of Jam Williams and Tavyn Jackson, saying that those two in particular “are going to be really good players”. Muschamp also said that Chris Lammons could slide over to corner from his regular safety spot.
—Jordon Carty still has yet to academically qualify, but Muschamp is holding out hope that it will happen by the time the season gets rolling.
—Two other players named as having a good camp: freshmen OLB Sherrod Greene and Eldridge Thompson. LB will be critical since two of the projected starters, Skai Moore and Bryson Allen-Williams, are done after this season, and the better impression Greene and Thompson make on the staff the better their chances will be to carry the mantle in 2018.
Muschamp said Sherrod Greene continues to play well and will help this season, and Eldridge Thompson will help as well a linebacker.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 12, 2017
—Guys, Alec Wozniak might be pretty good.
Alec Wozniak hit a field goal from 52 yards. Muschamp said it would have been good from 60.— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_SECcountry) August 12, 2017
—Bad news in the backfield as Jaylin Dickerson is out for the season. The freshman had been recovering from a strained nerve in his shoulder, but it hasn’t come along as hoped so he will be out for 2017 after undergoing surgery.
Tough break for the freshman, who played well in spring ball. He'll have surgery Wednesday and will be cleared for next spring.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) August 12, 2017
—More bad news: Steven Montac has suffered a stress fracture. Montac had a good season last year and was certainly going to be a player that was set to be featured even more in 2017.
S Steven Montac has a stress fracture in his foot and will miss 10 days. Young players in secondary have looked good and will play at CB, S— Jeff Owens (@jowens_SpursUp) August 12, 2017
—Minor injury: Dreak Davis (neck), but he’s projected to be back next week. Good to hear that Shameik Blackshear, who had been recovering from a concussion, was back at it. D.J. Smith was also out, but sadly, it was due to his grandfather’s passing.
The team is off tomorrow but will return to action at 2:50 p.m. on Monday.