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King to start at left tackle, Garcia getting more reps

Sophomore Jarriel King has re-claimed the starting left tackle spot, South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier said today at his weekly press conference.

King, a first-year player, gave way in the Georgia game to senior Jamon Meredith, who had to sit out the first two games of the season because of an NCAA ruling. But Meredith will now compete with Lemuel Jeanpierre for the left guard spot.

In other news from the press conference:

- Star receiver Kenny McKinley is likely out for Saturday's game against Wofford, and possibly beyond. Spurrier said he knew hamstring injuries can last up to 4-6 weeks, though he wouldn't say yet he thinks McKinley could end up being out that long.

- Starting tailback Mike Davis will sit out the game against Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 27. Davis had to be suspended for a game this season due to missed classes, but Spurrier had the option of choosing which one. The coach confirmed today that he had picked the UAB game.

- Chris Smelley is the starter going forward at quarterback, but Stephen Garcia will continue to get more snaps in practice. Spurrier said Garcia is ready to play more.

- Tight end Weslye Saunders (strained back) is due to return to practice today, so he may not miss Saturday's game as originally feared.