Several South Carolina players wore yellow jerseys and did not practice Friday morning, including defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was dealing with a slightly sore knee and groin.
Cornerback Victor Hampton missed the Thursday night and Friday practices with a bruised quad. Fellow cornerback Akeem Auguste continues to be out with a groin issue, while receiver DeAngelo Smith had a sore shoulder.
Tight end Justice Cunningham was back at practice after missing a few days with an upper back spasm.
Count receiver Damiere Byrd, the team’s fastest player, as one of those fans glued to watching the Olympics sprinters on TV.
“I definitely enjoy watching them,” he said. “Once you see that, you want to strive to be up in that position.”
The former high school track standout has marveled at the dominance of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who has won the 100 meters and 200 meters in consecutive Olympic Games. Bolt ran a 9.63 in the 100 and a 19.32 in the 200 this week. Byrd said his best times were 10.33 in the 100 and 21.12 in the 200.
“It’s amazing. He’s the fastest guy ever. Give credit to him,” Byrd said.
The competition at tight end is one of the more interesting battles in camp with so much depth. Highly-touted freshman Jerell Adams is pushing for playing time along with Cunningham, Rory Anderson, Kelvin Rainey and Drew Owens.
“Everything’s coming together. I’m working my way in there slowly but surely. I’m starting to pick it up a little bit,” Adam said. “It’s good competition. All the tight ends are working hard and playing hard, (and) just (getting) a lot of reps.”
... Backup cornerback Cadarious Sanders has left the program and will transfer to Murray State. A redshirt sophomore from LaGrange, Ga., he saw limited action in eight games last season.
... Walk-on wide receiver Sidney Rhodes, a redshirt sophomore from Easley, will be moved to cornerback.
... USC men’s basketball coach Frank Martin spoke to the team at the midpoint break of the Friday practice session. Baseball coach Chad Holbrook made an appearance at Thursday night’s practice.
The Gamecocks will practice Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium starting at 3:45 p.m. The second half of the practice will be a scrimmage. It is open to the public.
Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at Colonial Life Arena. The event runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fans are reminded that the student-athletes are allowed to sign only the official team posters that will be provided for free at the event. Parking is free in the arena lots.