The most interesting thing said after South Carolina’s football practice Monday? Glad you asked. It came when freshman A.J. Turner, who has been working as the team’s top tailback, was asked about the running back rotation behind him.
“Bear Paulk and Rod Talley … and a little bit of David Williams,” Turner replied.
A little bit of David Williams? Williams, a junior, was expected to be the starter this season. He entered preseason camp atop the depth chart, but it all seems to have gone downhill from there. Last week, head coach Will Muschamp called out Williams work ethic. Saturday, Williams was the third running back into drills during the portion of practice open to the media. And now he’s fourth? I wondered Saturday if putting Williams third in the rotation was simply Muschamp doubling down on his public motivation, but it doesn’t look that way after Monday’s practice.
If all of this talk and depth chart shuffling is just a motivational ploy for Williams, it doesn’t look like it’s working. I’ll have my full thought on how things look for South Carolina’s offense later today, but the most surprising thing to me through eight days of practice is that we’re still talking more about the running back rotation than about the quarterback competition.