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Offensive tackle Jarriel King thought his long wait to begin his USC career was over last week when he passed an online math course and was admitted to the university. It turns out King, who originally signed with the Gamecocks three and a half years ago, had to sit a few more days before taking the field.

King, who has an irregular heartbeat and a condition that requires him to take heart medicine, will meet with doctors this morning for a physical. If he is cleared, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound transfer from Georgia Military could be on the practice field tonight.

“I’ll be playing (today),” King said Sunday. “I’ve just got to get my physical done.”

King will compete for the starting spot at left tackle — at least for the first two games while Jamon Meredith is out the first two games because of an NCAA eligibility ruling.

Stock up

Freshman C.C. Whitlock did not do much during spring practice to separate from the pack. But the 5-foot-10, 169-pound receiver from Chester continued his solid play early in camp by making a couple of nice catches during the team portion of Sunday’s practice.

Stock down

Remember all the hype about the return of Stephen Garcia from suspension? Well, the redshirt freshman is showing the effects of his four-month layoff. USC coach Steve Spurrier called Garcia a “solid third-teamer right now, whatever that means.”

Injury report

TE Jared Cook (right big toe), WR Matt Clements (hamstring), FS Jay Spearman (shoulder), LB Reggie Bowens (shoulder) and DL Melvin Ingram (foot) all remain out.

Quote of the day

“Cliff Matthews is probably the biggest hustler on the team. It’s always interesting when we watch the tapes, there’s a pass downfield. The receiver catches it, jukes around a little bit and all of a sudden No. 83 shows up on the screen. He’s rushed the passer, now he’s chasing the ball downfield,”

— USC coach Steve Spurrier on the sophomore defensive end from Cheraw.

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USC will practice at 7:30 p.m. today at the Bluff Road practice fields. It is open to the public.

— Joseph Person