The close relationship between South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson and left guard A.J. Cann is a large part of why the Gamecocks are expected to have a great season. With Cann protecting his close pal’s back and each a senior with one more year to really show what they can do, the duo plans to cut swaths through the SEC.
Although Cann needs to work on his interview skills.
Creeping into the back of a group clustered around Thompson at Media Day on Sunday, Cann asked Thompson what he thought of A.J. Cann.
“He’s really arrogant,” Thompson smoothly answered. “A.J. Cann’s just an arrogant guy. We preach ‘We’ around here, not ‘Me.’ Hopefully he’s overcoming it.”
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As he said he would, Mike Davis was practicing on Monday. Davis was able to make it back just before the Gamecocks went to full-pad practices.
He showed no signs of a lingering hamstring injury and stuck around after practice to catch passes with the wide receivers.
Steve Spurrier mentioned that USC is benefiting from a solid group of walk-on players this year and said that some may be in line to be put on scholarship, if the numbers work out. Leading the group is junior Carlton Heard.
Heard transferred from Gardner-Webb and sat out last year, but still earned the Most Improved Receiver award in the spring.
“He had an excellent summer, did everything the coaches asked plus a little bit more,” Spurrier said. “He’s probably the top guy right now.”
... USC’s defensive backs may all play at this rate. Early in one-on-one drills, Chris Lammons completely tied up Shaq Roland on the line, flipping Roland over as he tried to get to the route. The next play featured Rico McWilliams knocking a ball from Roland after covering him on a square-out.
... Cody Gibson, repping some at tight end, caught a pass in drills.
... Pharoh Cooper looked terrific in passing drills, splitting the middle of the field and catching the deep balls. Safeties couldn’t cover him.
... The Gamecocks’ offense looked terrific in 11-on-11 drills, the middle of the field wide-open most of the night. Cooper and Matrick Belton each had long completions.
Players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys were: TE K.C. Crosby (right foot), WR Shaq Davidson (right knee), TE Rory “Busta” Anderson (right tricep), DE Blake McClain (foot, hand), OL Alan Knott (right knee), OL Brock Stadnik (knee), CB D.J. Smith (wisdom teeth), WR Terry Googer (hamstring), LB Marcquis Roberts (right shoulder), PK Zack Cimaglia (knee), DE Michael Washington (undisclosed) and OL Donell Stanley (wrist).
The Gamecocks will practice at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday. It is open to the public.