LeCorn is injured again

Receiver sustains lacerated kidney; Spurrier says he will call plays this season

semerson@thestate.comApril 8, 2010 

Dion LeCorn was going to be held out of Saturday's USC football spring game because his coach wanted to avoid a repeat of last year. As it turns out, the senior receiver was injured anyway in the week leading up to the contest.

LeCorn was in the hospital Wednesday after sustaining a lacerated kidney at the end of Tuesday's practice. He was due to be released Wednesday afternoon, according to coach Steve Spurrier.

"They wanted to make sure it was OK. But I went by and saw him today," Spurrier said. "He seemed fine."

This is the third injury in a year for LeCorn. He broke his leg on the last play of the spring game last year, returning for the second game of the 2009 season. Then he injured his ankle the week of the Alabama game and didn't return until the regular-season finale against Clemson.

"I told him you weren't gonna play in the spring game anyway,'" Spurrier said. "I refuse to have two guys hurt in spring games. ... But Dion's gonna be fine, he's ready to have a good summer and ready to really play a lot next year."

The Florida native had a great start to his Gamecocks career, catching 27 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. But after a slow start to his sophomore season, he was temporarily moved to defense midway through the 2008 season.

Head Ball Caller. In an interview with ESPN.com on Wednesday, Spurrier issued another clarification on who will be doing the play-calling next season. He said it would be him, "the way I did it at Florida."

While Spurrier took responsibility for the play-calling last season, receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. appeared to handle a lot of the duties. Then, near the end of the season, the Head Ball Coach said quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus would do a lot of the play-calling.

"I called most all of them last year, but I'm going to call them all this year," Spurrier told ESPN.com. "Sometimes you think, 'Well, it's probably best to delegate a little bit more this, that and the other.' But, no, I told the guys the other day that I'm going to go back to doing it the way I did it at Florida. I'm going to call the plays, or else they're going to all come through me."

Tailback issues. Injuries have whittled the depth at tailback to the point that a fullback and a walk-on could get a lot of carries Saturday.

Jarvis Giles will miss the game with a hip flexor, according to Spurrier. Bryce Sherman is also out with a finger injury, while Eric Baker has missed spring practice with a torn ACL.

That leaves Kenny Miles and Brian Maddox. But Matt Coffee, a grayshirt freshman who started the spring at fullback, has been taking reps at tailback. So has Jacob Baker, a walk-on from Ridgeland who redshirted last season.

Spring practice: April 7, 2010

Reach Emerson at (803) 771-8676.

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