DeVonte Holloman is a safety again.
Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward announced the move after the No. 12 Gamecocks’ Monday night practice. Holloman was moved from safety to spur during the offseason but played only one game there before being moved back to safety on a trial basis against Navy last week.
Holloman played so well against the Midshipmen, and South Carolina is so thin at safety, that the move became permanent.
“He’s one of the young men coach (Steve) Spurrier singled out during the meeting,” Ward said.
Holloman will start at strong safety, and D.J. Swearinger will start at free safety. Jimmy Legree, who lost his starting job last week, will return to the lineup as Swearinger’s top reserve, Ward said.
Swearinger is happy with the move because he communicates better with Holloman than Legree, he said.
“Just because of experience,” Swearinger said. “I am glad to have him back there.”
South Carolina expects freshman cornerback Vic Hampton to make his long-anticipated collegiate debut against Vanderbilt this week. Hampton missed the first three games of the season due to an academics-related suspension. The former four-star safety redshirted last season.
“Vic can play,” Ward said. “Vic has shown he can challenge people, which we are trying to get all our DBs to do. He will play a lot.”
Marty Markett and Stephon Gilmore will start at cornerback, Ward said.
Sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore was named the SEC’s co-offensive player of the week Monday after his 246-yard rushing game against Navy. Lattimore’s total was a career high and the fourth highest in school history.
Florida running back Chris Rainey, who had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving and blocked a punt, shared the award.
Lattimore is the third Gamecock to win SEC honors this season, joining offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins (week one) and Melvin Ingram (week two).
The Oct. 1 game against Auburn in Williams-Brice Stadium will start at noon, 3:30 or 8 p.m. CBS is using one of its late-choice options on that weekend’s games, meaning the full schedule won’t be set until next weekend.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Cadarious Sanders injured his knee against Georgia, missed the Navy game and won’t play against Vanderbilt, Ward said.
“He’s out for a little while,” Ward said. “He’s getting better, but he’s still a ways away.”
Freshman defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles remains on track to return from a concussion, defensive line coach Brad Lawing said.
“He’s got to pass all his concussion tests this week,” Lawing said. “As long as he does that, he should be back.”