South Carolina offensive line commitment Malik Young's senior season is on hold while he recovers from an injury suffered in a car accident this week.
Young, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Woodmont High in Piedmont, fractured his jaw Tuesday in the single-car wreck. No surgery will be needed, he said.
He's expected to be out of action for up to a month and out of practice for more than two weeks. He can still lift weights.
Young described the incident to GoGamecocks via text message: "I was driving on my way to school. My tire blew out and then I ran into a puddle, hit a ditch went airborne and crashed into a opposite ditch. The highway patrolman said if I had been doing over30 I'd be dead right now. I honestly don't know how I broke my jaw. I think it is from the force of the impact."
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Young committed to South Carolina on May 28. This past Friday he was credited with two pancakes and three extra efforts in a 35-14 win over Wren High.
With the injury, Young said he can't chew much but has a special diet planned while he recovers so he won't lose weight.
"Mashed potatoes and protein shakes for now," he said on Twitter.