Freshman offensive tackle Brandon Shell was doing fine following a post-practice ambulance ride to the hospital Saturday, according to South Carolina trainer Clint Haggard.
Shell was taken by ambulance from the Gamecocks’ practice fields around noon after having what head coach Steve Spurrier described as a heat-related illness. Shell struggled during the team’s sprints following a two-hour workout in temperatures near 90 degrees. At one point, Shell had to be helped by offensive line coach Shawn Elliott to complete his runs.
Tight end Justice Cunningham, defensive end Chaz Sutton and offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins also had issues with the heat but were not transported to the hospital.
Shell received treatment, including fluids, from South Carolina’s medical staff at the practice fields and was then transported to the hospital. He was released shortly thereafter and rejoined the team at the stadium for afternoon meetings, according to a statement released by the school.
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South Carolina held its fourth practice of the fall Saturday morning and wore helmets and shoulder pads. The team will hold its annual media day Sunday at Williams-Brice Stadium and then practice in full pads at 7:30 p.m. The practice is open to the public.
In other injury news, redshirt freshman Cody Gibson, the Gamecocks’ backup right tackle, suffered a sprained right knee during Friday night’s practice. He will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis, according to a release by the school.