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Practice report: Full house at QB

News of the day Steve Spurrier has never been afraid to play multiple quarterbacks.

But even by Spurrier’s standards, today could be a record-setting day at the position.

The USC coach plans to use all seven of his quarterbacks during today’s scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium. Obviously, some will play more than others.

“I told (assistant quarterbacks coach) David Reaves we’ve got seven quarterbacks. I said everybody’s going to play, so remind me,” Spurrier said Friday. “They may only get one play, but we want to let them go in there and hand off or throw it. Do something. So I’m going to try my best to get everybody on the field.”

That includes redshirt freshman Stephen Garcia, who missed several days this week with a sprained right ankle.

“Garcia will play a little bit,” Spurrier said. “He says he’s OK now.”

Starter Tommy Beecher and No. 2 quarterback Chris Smelley are expected to get the bulk of the work.

Stock rising Freshman receiver C.C. Whitlock, who was the leading receiver during Wednesday’s scrimmage with four catches for 54 yards, continues his ascent up the depth chart. But the Chester native is questionable for today with a bruised knee that kept him out Friday.

Stock falling With each passing day, it becomes increasingly less likely that signee Tori Childers, a receiver/safety from Rock Hill, will be a factor this season. Spurrier had hoped to hear something this week about Childers, who had to re-take a standardized test after a testing agency flagged a previous score.

Injury report Middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley (ankle) returned to practice after missing a week. Offensive tackle Jarriel King, out since Tuesday with a pulled hamstring, was “moving around a little bit” Friday and could play today, Spurrier said.

Quote of the day “The beach volleyball is fun to watch, not necessarily because all the girls wear their bathing suits. I like watching the guys play, too, because it’s the only sport I know where you can dive and not get hurt on the sand. There’s something about people diving to get loose balls all the time makes it interesting,” - Spurrier on his new favorite Olympic sport.

Up next The Gamecocks will scrimmage at 4:15 p.m. today. It is closed to the public.

--Joseph Person

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