March came in like a lion for Kevin Young, and is going out like one, too.
The USC offensive lineman, who claimed officers used excessive force while arresting him this month, learned this week he needs a third surgery on his left shoulder to repair a fractured bone and torn labrum sustained during spring workouts.
Young, a redshirt freshman from Clearwater, Fla., had surgery on his labrum during the 2006 and ’07 seasons, as well.
“I can’t catch a good break this spring. Broke a bone, tore it up again,” Young said after Friday’s practice. “Hopefully, I’ll be back for next season.”
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Young received one piece of good news Friday when Columbia police dropped a pair of criminal charges against him, according to a municipal court official. A judge dismissed fighting and resisting arrest charges against Young after police indicated they would not proceed with the case.
“It’s a statement that shows that Kevin did not do anything wrong that night,” said Neal Lourie, Young’s attorney. “He’s very relieved. He’s denied that he did anything wrong the entire time. And that’s finally come to fruition.”
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating Young’s claims that officers punched him repeatedly and bloodied his nose after responding to a fight between Young and a West Columbia man in the early-morning hours of March 2 in Five Points.
A SLED spokesperson said the investigation remains open. Young declined to comment about his legal situation.
Young, who has yet to play for the Gamecocks, is trying to keep his spirits up.
“You’ve got to have a good attitude,” he said. “I really have nothing to do right now. So just try to keep a good attitude and stay focused.”
Push ’em back. The Gamecocks will hold their first spring scrimmage at 10:45 a.m. today at Williams-Brice Stadium. The scrimmage is open to the public.
“We’ll see if the offensive line’s going to get pushed around like they did (Friday),” USC coach Steve Spurrier said. “Maybe they’ll take a stand and show a little competitiveness.”
Extra points. Spurrier said offensive linemen Heath Batchelor and Terrence Campbell missed Friday’s practice because of an unspecified “issue.” Both are expected back today. ... USC has had several hamstring injuries this spring. Defensive back Stoney Woodson returned from his hamstring problem, but cornerback Carlos Thomas and tailback Mike Davis tweaked theirs.
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