Junior running back Kenny Miles practiced with the defense Thursday but “probably” is not switching positions, head coach Steve Spurrier said Friday.
Miles, who rushed for 626 yards in 2009 and finished the season as the starting running back before losing the top job to Marcus Lattimore, worked with the safeties Thursday.
“We had Kenny looking around over there (on defense),” Spurrier said. “He’ll probably be back on offense today. You always try to find a way to get your really good athletes on the field. Kenny said, ‘Coach, I want to play,’ and he knows it’s hard to play three running backs.”
Miles remains the backup running back, but he will have to share carries in that role with true freshman Shon Carson.
“This little Shon Carson, we’ve got to play him,” Spurrier said. “If Marcus got hurt, Kenny’d go in the game, but Shon is a spot player here and there who is going to play. But Kenny is a very good back, a very good back.”
The No. 12 Gamecocks are searching for depth at safety behind starters D.J. Swearinger and Jimmy Legree.
Junior Dalton Wilson got a shout-out from Spurrier this week about his grades, although the coach referenced them by saying Wilson received worse than an “A” for the first time. The “B” came in the spring semester for the business major.
“I hadn’t made less than an ‘A’ since kindergarten, but I got a B-plus in one of my finance classes,” said Wilson, who laughed about the mention from his coach.
Wilson narrowly missed out on keeping his streak alive, recording a numerical grade of 89.3, but he didn’t lobby his professor to bump up his grade.
“I can’t fault him for that. You’ve got to make the cut-off somewhere,” Wilson said.
“The things that we can’t control have been a problem — the injuries, the suspensions and those types of things. But the things we can control, I’ve been very pleased with this camp overall.” - USC assistant head coach Ellis Johnson