South Carolina signee Brandon Shell watched part of South Carolina’s Tuesday practice from the sideline.
Shell showed up in Columbia with his left arm in a sling, which couldn’t have been a welcome sight for Gamecocks fans who are expecting the five-star recruit to compete for playing time on the offensive line in the fall.
Shell had surgery on his left shoulder two weeks ago to repair a torn labrum, he said. He will be healthy and ready for full contact for fall practice, he said. He was in town for a follow-up visit with the surgeon, he said. “Everything looked good,” he said.
Addison still ailing
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Sophomore strong safety Corey Addison remains out because of a hamstring injury.
“I don’t really know how bad it is, hamstrings, we have had too many of them around here,” said assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson. “It’s been sort of a mystery, but a hamstring is a very difficult thing to deal with.
“We have been disappointed at the practice time he has missed. We were hoping he would make a statement this spring, but so far he’s been good for the trainers, but he hasn’t done anything on the field.”
A good cause
Three Gamecocks — offensive lineman Kyle Nunn, wide receiver D.L. Moore, and defensive tackle Byron Jerideau — shaved their heads Saturday as part of a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, which raises money to fight childhood cancer.
Nunn, who had a younger brother who battled childhood cancer, participates every year, but Jerideau and Moore had no plans to participate until showing up Saturday, Jerideau said.
Moore “was like, ‘If you raise $1,000, we’ll do it,’” Jerideau said. “They raised $1,300 in like five minutes so he did it.”
Moore had dreadlocks down to his shoulders which he had been growing out for five years. He had to get a new helmet before Tuesday’s practice, Jerideau said.
South Carolina will hold its pro day Wednesday. The event will allow all of the Gamecocks’ NFL draft-eligible players to work out for NFL coaches and talent evaluators. The running and position drills portion of the day are open to the public, weather permitting.
Those are expected to begin around 11 a.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium. However, if rain forces the drills indoors, the public will not be allowed to attend.
Tight end Justice Cunningham returned after missing a week because of a back infection.