Most folks around the USC program believe junior cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is headed to the NFL after playing in the Outback Bowl.
But the Alabama native said Saturday he has made no definitive plans, yet, and would return to USC for his final season if he hears something "crazy" from the NFL's advisory committee concerning his draft outlook.
Munnerlyn also blamed part of his sub-par season on the fact the Gamecocks have played more zone coverage under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson, adding that teams have thrown his way less than last season.
--The Gamecocks had a special visitor in the stands for their first practice at Jefferson High – Tampa tailback Jarvis Giles, who recently committed to USC and will enroll in January.
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Giles said watching USC’s workout would give him a good idea of what to expect in spring practice, when he intends to try to win a starting spot. Giles said he would make the Gamecocks’ returning tailbacks work.
“It ain’t going to be easy for them because I’m a competitor,” he said. “I’m looking for big things. I’m looking to start or at least get second string.”
Giles attended the practice with his father and two of his siblings. Because it is a “dead period,” NCAA rules prohibit USC coaches from speaking with Giles. A few players hollered at Giles when they saw him.
--USC quarterback and Jefferson alum Stephen Garcia used his old locker at the school’s field house and said before practice, “This is where the magic happens.”
--It appears all of USC’s players are present and accounted for. Reserve receiver Matt Clements, who injured his hamstring during the Gamecocks’ minicamp in Columbia, will join the team later with the other injured players.
--USC is talking to former Gamecocks and NFL running back Duce Staley about joining the team in an administrative role, but nothing has been finalized. School officials want Staley to return to school and work toward finishing his degree while on staff. Staley, who has served as the sideline reporter for the USC radio broadcasts, likely would work in a player relations capacity.