Freshman Bryson Allen-Williams’ move to defensive end may or may not be permanent.
“I can’t look down the line at his future, but I know right now we are so thin at (defensive end),” defensive line coach Deke Adams said. “We need some guys in there right now.”
Allen-Williams was an outside linebacker through the first seven games. He had two tackle assists playing defensive end last week against Auburn.
“He did some good things, but he made some mistakes as well,” Adams said.
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The 231-pound Allen-Williams played defensive end in high school.
“I told him when he first came in the d-line room, ‘It’s different with your hand down.’ You are going to have 300-pound dudes pulling on you. It’s different from you just attacking the line of scrimmage with us doing the work up front,” junior defensive end Gerald Dixon said. “He still has some learning to do because it was just his first week as a defensive end last week. I believe he will be a good defensive end in the future.”
Spurrier was halfway through complimenting wide receiver Pharoh Cooper this week when he remembered something that bothered him.
“He’s not one of those guys who runs out of bounds about 3 yards, 5 yards ahead of the defenders like some of our guys do,” Spurrier said. “I just won’t you to know we don’t coach that, but we’re having a little trouble getting them to lower their shoulder and get all they can on the sideline. Maybe we’ll get somebody to do that.”
Wide receiver Shaq Roland and running back Mike Davis both have run out of bounds short of contact at least once this season.
Right guard Cody Waldrop (knee) fully practiced for the second straight day. Defensive end Mason Harris, spur Sharrod Golightly and safety T.J. Gurley also practiced after missing Tuesday with injuries. Linebacker Marcquis Roberts and safety Kadetrix Marcus wore yellow but practiced lightly. They are expected to play Saturday.
Players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys were: Roberts, Marcus, WR Matrick Belton (right leg), LB Skai Moore (ankle), TE Rory Anderson (left tricep), DE Cedrick Cooper (ankle), OL Donell Stanley (left wrist) and CB Jamari Smith (left foot).
... South Carolina has had more than 500 yards of total offense in the last three games. The Gamecocks had only had three straight 500-plus games twice and has never had four in a row.
... Junior running back Mike Davis is 14th on the school’s career rushing list. With 24 more yards, he will pass Mike Davis (the 2005-2008 version) on the career list.
... Last week’s successful onside kick against Auburn was South Carolina’s first since Nov. 3, 2007 against Arkansas. “We thought were going to be pretty good,” Spurrier said. “We had a false sense of what was going to happen I guess. We’re trying to get bowl eligible.”