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South Carolina lost another defensive reserve this weekend as backup safety Sheldon Royster left the team.
Royster, a redshirt freshman who was a four-star prospect out of New Jersey, was not among the team’s top five safeties, secondary coach Grady Brown said.
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“I guess it just got to the point where he felt like it would be hard for him to get on the field and maybe he needed to play somewhere else,” Brown said.
Royster became the eighth casualty of fall camp.
Quarterback Tanner McEvoy, cornerback Cadarious Sanders also decided to transfer.
Defensive tackle J.T. Surratt and spur Sharrod Golightly will miss the first three games due to suspension. Cornerback Akeem Auguste (leg, at least four weeks), running back Shon Carson (wrist, at least six weeks) and running back Brandon Wilds (ankle, at least two weeks) suffered injuries.
Coach Steve Spurrier seemed unconcerned with the attrition after Sunday evening’s practice. Auguste is the only starter among the sidelined.
“Oh, you’re talking about backups. Geez,” Spurrier said. “You are worrying about things I don’t worry about. I worry about guys who play. Those guys have never played. I am supposed to worry about guys that never played? I’m not happy it didn’t work out for them, but that’s the way it goes. You can’t play all 85 (scholarship players).”
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