News of the day Reinforcements were expected to arrive Wednesday night for South Carolina’s offensive line.
Georgia Military teammates Steven Singleton and Rokevious Watkins were scheduled to take physicals and join their new team. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier was interested to see the results of the weigh-in.
“We’re trying to bet on what they weigh,” Spurrier said, laughing.
The listed weights for the Georgia natives are 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds for Singleton, 6-4 and 340 pounds for Watkins. But those measurements were taken before Signing Day; Spurrier said he has not seen either player since recruiting them in January.
Coaches are hopeful one or both will have the impact of Georgia Military offensive lineman Jarriel King, who locked down a starting tackle spot last August a couple weeks after arriving from the two-year school.
“Help’s on the way,” Spurrier said. “We need help right now.”
Stock rising Freshman tailback Bryce Sherman came to USC last year to run track, and decided to walk on for football this summer. Sherman, who ran the 100-meter dash in 10.51 seconds in high school in Winston-Salem, N.C., has caught Spurrier’s eye with his speed.
A 1,600-yard rusher in high school, Sherman could get a look as a kick or punt returner.
Stock falling It was not a good night for the offense during team drills. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw an interception and overthrew a wide-open Patrick DiMarco. Tailback Jarvis Giles fumbled despite the fact defenders were not allowed to tackle, and the only completions were on short- to intermediate-range routes.
Injury report Center Garrett Anderson twisted his left ankle and freshman receiver Lamar Scruggs sustained a slight hamstring pull. Neither injury is believed to be serious.
Players sitting out a second night in a row included receiver Dion LeCorn (leg), defensive back Jay Spearman (shoulder), cornerback Akeem Auguste (abdomen) and tailback Eric Baker (hernia).
Defensive tackle Nathan Pepper said his knee feels fine after arthroscopic knee surgery this summer, but he is doing conditioning work to try to get in shape.
“I felt a whole lot better than I did (Tuesday),” Pepper said. “But I’ve still got a ways to go as far as getting my wind back.”
Quote of the day
“I wish he could hit those wide-open guys. He keeps overthrowing. The defense makes a mistake, we’ve got a guy running wide open, and he keeps overthrowing,” – Spurrier on Garcia.
Extra points Spurrier said incoming freshmen Ben Axon and Leon Mackey have not been cleared yet. … Reid McCollum is the clear No. 2 quarterback behind Garcia, according to Spurrier. …
Though former Penn State recruit Darrell Givens has not yet been admitted to Rutgers, Spurrier said he did not expect USC to make another run at the defensive back from Maryland. …
Asked about Florida coach Urban Meyer’s new 6-year, $24 million, Spurrier said: “He deserves it.”
Up next The Gamecocks will work out in helmets and shoulder pads at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The practice is open to the public.