Freshman running back Shon Carson will not participate in spring practice with the football team next year if things go as planned, he said Wednesday.
Carson hopes to be playing with South Carolina’s baseball team by then, and he has the blessing of football coach Steve Spurrier and baseball coach Ray Tanner to do that, he said.
“When football is over, I am going to go straight to baseball,” Carson said.
Carson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 44th round of this year’s Major League Baseball draft.
His new college roommate and fellow draftee, freshman cornerback Ahmad Christian, might try to join him but is less certain than Carson.
“I’m pretty sure I will,” said Christian, who says he's talk to Spurrier about playing both sports. “I'm sure I'll play baseball. But if not, it will be because I want to focus on football. I’ll just wait until baseball season comes around. Now I’m focused on one thing, and that’s football and getting the playbook in.”
Christian hasn’t talked to South Carolina’s baseball coaches since enrolling in school this summer, he said. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 46th round of this year’s draft.
Both players project as middle infielders or outfielders on the diamond.
“We talk about (baseball) almost every night,” Christian said, “about the draft, the pros and cons and the reasons why we chose to come here.”
Carson, who is battling for the No. 2 tailback job, will attend as many spring football practices as he can to observe, he said.
Christian might have trouble getting playing time at cornerback this year due to the Gamecocks’ depth.