If Steve Spurrier really wants to keep Damiere Byrd under wraps, he needs to quit showing him off so much.
Byrd, one of the nation’s best high school sprinters last year, caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw in South Carolina’s Wednesday night scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“Damiere gets a deep one about every day,” Spurrier said. “Don’t tell anybody. We’re trying to keep him a secret before the season starts.”
The freshman from Sicklerville, N.J., caught the pass streaking down the left sideline and then tumbled into the end zone after a diving Cadarious Sanders grabbed his foot.
“He’s got world-class speed,” quarterback Stephen Garcia said. “It’s going to be good to have a player like that that can stretch the defense out. We’ve had guys like that in the past, but he brings a different kind of speed to the game.”
Wednesday was a big day for plenty of South Carolina pass catchers. Jason Barnes had three catches for 83 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass. K.J. Brent had three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. DeAngelo Smith caught three passes for 50 yards. Ace Sanders caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass on a trick play.
“It’s fun throwing to all these guys,” Garcia said. “We’ve got a lot of playmakers on the team. It’s something we haven’t had since I’ve been here.”
Byrd had the one long catch on the night. In USC's first scrimmage on Saturday, he had three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.