The South Carolina football coaching staff expects to have one of its key playmakers back soon, and hopes a defender who has yet to play will make a return.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said wide receiver Deebo Samuel should play Saturday against Kentucky after missing the East Carolina game with a hamstring injury. The coach also said linebacker Larenz Bryant likely won’t redshirt despite not playing yet this year.
The Samuel return would help an extremely young receiving group, and Muschamp said he’s looked OK early in the week.
“He moved around well,” Muschamp said. “Any time there’s a risk of injury, we do a test with him strength-wise, I’m not going to put him out there.
“It’s a lingering thing. It’s something that we’re trying to do more research why. This started in high school for him, and it’s been an ongoing process since he’s been here. So we need to figure it out.”
Samuel was limited to five games in 2015 with a nagging hamstring and then aggravated the other one on the first play against Mississippi State. He has four catches for 66 yards this year.
Bryant has also been sidelined by a hamstring, and as a true senior, he could get another year. But Muschamp said he’s on the mend.
“Right now, because of our depth, we’re working to get him back,” Muschamp said. “He is running. He looked actually decent at practice this morning.
“He’s with our injured crew, but he’s a guy were hoping to get back in the next couple weeks.”