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Practice musings: More injuries on USC defense

It was a beautiful sunny day Friday, although Ellis Johnson wondered aloud if the recent wet weather – and resulting slick turf – might have contributed to injuries to defensive backs Stephon Gilmore and Antonio Allen this week.

Gilmore missed Friday’s practice with a pulled groin and is questionable for Saturday’s scrimmage, while Allen is out with a hamstring injury.

The pulls and strains have further depleted an already-thin secondary, although Johnson did have good things to say about the springs that spur Alonzo Winfield and strong safety DeVonte Holloman have put together.

Johnson indicated he would prefer to use rising senior Darian Stewart at spur, the position he played last year, but would wait to see how everything shakes out. (Look for more on Winfield and Stewart in Saturday’s editions.)

Not much else to report. The Gamecocks worked out in shorts and helmets to save their legs for Saturday’s scrimmage.

–USC coach Steve Spurrier said freshman quarterback Aramis Hillary has been struggling, but he might try to find time to play him Saturday behind Stephen Garcia, Reid McCollum and Zac Brindise.

–Walk-on cornerback Brandan Davis made a nice play on a ball to pick off McCollum during team drills.

–Lots of coaches – attending the annual clinic – milling around practice, including legendary Summerville coach John McKissick and Hammond’s Erik Kimrey, the former USC QB who threw the famous fade pass to beat Mississippi State in 2000.