Defensive linemen Melvin Ingram (thigh bruise) and Jadeveon Clowney (ankle sprain, foot injury) returned to practice full speed Monday. The Gamecocks have not settled on a starting defensive line.
“We are going to decide later in the week how we are going to approach this game,” defensive line coach Brad Lawing said. “It’s probably a little bit different than how we are going to approach some other games. We are rotating a lot of groups through in practice this week. I’m just going to see how it feels come Saturday.”
End Devin Taylor and tackle Travian Robertson are considered sure-fire starters, but questions remain about how Lawing will utilize the rest of his lineup. Ingram will play both end and tackle throughout the season, Lawing said, which gives South Carolina plenty of flexibility.
“We do a lot of stuff,” Lawing said. “We have over 100 years of coaching experience in that defensive meeting room so we do a lot of stuff because of it.”
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Ingram is working with the first team in practice, he said, but he doesn’t expect to know the starting lineup until Saturday.
“I can’t predict that,” he said.
PUNTING JOB FILLED
Irmo’s Joey Scribner-Howard, a junior walk-on, has won the starting punting job, for now at least
“Joey and (Patrick) Fish are our punters, but Joey will get the first one,” special teams coach John Butler said.
Scribner-Howard’s leg strength and operation time are better than Fish’s, Butler said.
Hurricane Irene leveled 13 trees in the yard of East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill and caused the Pirates to cancel Saturday’s practice, McNeill said.
“There are a lot of families worse off than us,” McNeill said of a storm that has been blamed for more than 20 deaths. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families up and down the line.”