Three true freshmen played Thursday for the Gamecocks – running back Mike Davis, tight end Jerell Adams and safety T.J. Gurley.
Davis and Gurley each recorded a line on the statistics sheet. Davis had one carry for 4 yards, and Gurley had a tackle on special teams. Adams, too, would have gotten in on the action had one play gone his way.
“We called one play to Jerell and that was the play Dylan (Thompson) got sacked,” coach Steve Spurrier said. “Jerell ran right into the linebacker on his way out so he wasn’t going to get there anyway probably. That was just the kind of stuff that happened.”
Wide receiver Shaq Roland and spur Jordan Diggs are expected to play at some point this season.
WHERE’S THE WILDCAT?
Despite South Carolina’s offensive struggles against Vanderbilt, Spurrier does not sound eager to use the team’s wildcat formation with Bruce Ellington at quarterback, but he didn’t discount its appearance against East Carolina.
“Hopefully, our offense can show a little bit more different plays,” he said. “We didn’t do much of anything. It was an ugly offensive game, and fortunately Marcus had some runs and Connor (Shaw) had some runs and we were able to somehow get 17 out of it. The offense was not real exciting to watch.”
Marcus Lattimore picked up where he left off Monday, being named the SEC’s offensive player of the week after gaining 110 yards on 23 carries against Vanderbilt.
It was the junior tailback’s fourth such distinction and was awarded for his first game since reconstructive knee surgery last fall. Lattimore also led the Gamecocks with 21 yards on three receptions and scored both of South Carolina’s touchdowns in a 17-13 win.
Lattimore, who leads all active players in college football in average yards per game for a career, has 2,125 rushing yards on 435 carries in his 21-game career.