The South Carolina football team held its fifth spring practice under Will Muschamp on Tuesday.
Additional news and notes to follow after practice.
▪ In the full-team period the media could watch, Perry Orth took every snap with the first unit, while true freshman Brandon McIlwain got all the No. 2 work.
▪ Quarterback Lorenzo Nunez arrived on crutches and still did work with the other injured players.
▪ McIlwain showed off his legs with a couple scrambles but also tossed an interception over the middle to Larenz Bryant, who had a clear lane toward the end zone.
▪ D.J. Park worked in at first-team left guard.
▪ D.J. Smith was with the first unit at safety.
▪ Wide receiver Terry Googer got some reps with the first team.
▪ Defensive back Chris Moody, who announced he would transfer this offseason, is now listed on the roster again. He was wearing No. 7 on Tuesday.
▪ Rod Talley got the first reps at running back, dropping a swing pass and posting at least one solid run. David Williams worked in for the second half of the first team’s drive.
▪ Early enrollee defensive end Keir Thomas rotated in with the starters and broke into the backfield on one occasion when Orth was tagged down.
▪ Wide receiver Jalen Christian broke a big gain on a bubble screen.
▪ McIlwain hit a sharp slant to Christian Owens off play-action.
▪ Jasper Sasser and Chaz Elder were the second-team safeties with Darin Smalls at one cornerback spot.
▪ We saw a few more wrinkles out of the Gamecock offense. Running backs often motioned out of the backfield for swing screens. McIlwain also ran a draw out of that look and on one play, the offensive line blocked for a sweep going the opposite way of the screen.
▪ Buck Boosie Whitlow had a couple plays standing up, a step toward the 3-4 look that’s been much discussed.
▪ Will Muschamp got on defensive tackle Abu Lamin emphatically after a particular play.
▪ The whole staff grew animated and the energy level rose during a blocking drill. Two players lined up across each other in a narrow chute. Each had to try to win the battle as a running back came downhill from behind the offensive player. The closest were wide receivers and defensive backs, but linemen locked horns a big farther down from our vantage point.
▪ Former players Brandon Shell, Cody Gibson and Mike Matulis were at practice.