Freshman running back Brandon Wilds has played his way into the rotation after all.
Just days after saying he expected to redshirt Wilds, head coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday that he will play the Blythewood product. Wilds had four carries for 33 yards Wednesday.
“Brandon is probably going to play because he can play special teams, too, we have learned,” Spurrier said. “He’s a good athlete.”
Wilds, who has seen time at tailback and fullback, still has his sights set on being Marcus Lattimore's primary backup. He acknowledges a friendly competition with fellow freshman Shon Carson for playing time.
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"He's speed. I'm power," Wilds said. "We know we're two different types of backs."
Carson led all rushers Wednesday night with six carries for 42 yards. Carson also had two catches for 16 yards.
“He’s quick, he’s very quick,” Garcia said of Carson. “He’ll definitely play a lot this year I think. He’s got some good hands.”
With Lattimore mostly watching the scrimmage, Junior Kenny Miles got most of the early touches and finished with 11 yards on five carries.
Cornerback Vic Hampton sat out Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s scrimmage due to a thigh bruise, although his activity on the sideline during the scrimmage left Spurrier skeptical.
“It doesn’t affect his dancing, but he can’t run,” Spurrier said. “He can dance, but he can’t run.”
Senior cornerback Akeem Auguste remains sidelined by an arch injury in his left foot. Auguste has yet to practice this fall. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward had hoped to have Auguste back on the field Monday, but Spurrier said he’s not concerned about the slow pace of Auguste’s recovery.
“He’s either back or he’s not. If he can’t play, somebody else will play,” Spurrier said. “He may try to jog some next week.”
C.C. Whitlock, who has taken Auguste’s starting spot, was beaten for a 70-yard touchdown by Jason Barnes on the first play of Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Garcia drew some snickers last week when he revealed he was taking archery this semester, but he’s no longer taking the class. In its place?
“Coach Spurrier will probably like this, I’m taking an acting class,” Garcia said.
CALL IT A CAMP
Today’s start of classes marks the end of football camp for the Gamecocks, who had been holding multiple meetings as well as walk throughs and practices each day since the beginning of practice.
“You lose what day it is during camp honestly,” Garcia said. “You have no idea what day it is, what time it is, you just have to keep trucking through. That’s what the team has been doing. It’s been a long haul, but school starts [today], I’ll finally get to sleep in a little bit.”