Things are looking good for South Carolina to have key defensive cog Jonathan Walton back. The senior missed the UMass game after having his knee scoped, but was on the practice field Monday.
“Today is my first day running around in full pads, hitting and stuff,” Walton said. “I think I did good. Felt great. I’m going to see what the coaches thinks.”
The senior has been heavily used and ranks seventh on the team with 29 tackles, along with two for loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.
“I’d say I’m back to 100 percent,” Walton said. “The doctors did a good job of rehabbing me. Taking care of me, doing a lot of running off the field, making sure I was 100 percent before I came back.”
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Cornerback Jamarcus King said he jammed his finger diving to break up a pass, but he went back into the game after fellow corner Rashad Fenton started cramping up.
▪ Guard Cory Helms hasn’t taken any snaps at center, despite the return of fellow guard Donell Stanley to the practice field. Stanley missed the past six games with an ankle injury Muschamp said could have sidelined him for the year.
▪ When asked about Tennessee power back Jalen Hurd (6-foot-4, 240 pounds), Gamecocks defensive end Dante Sawyer said, “When he’s running that ball, he’s leaning forward. He’s bringing a lot of butt behind him.”