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Notes: Nunn on O-line at right time

A surprise change on the South Carolina football team's offensive line may carry on another week.

Left tackle Jarriel King was benched for the second half of Thursday's victory against Mississippi, with Kyle Nunn replacing him. Nunn was returning from a three-game suspension to start the season.

USC coach Steve Spurrier seemed to think the move will continue this week against South Carolina State.

"Kyle Nunn could stick in there," Spurrier said. "(Assistant) coach (Eric) Wolford likes to give everybody a chance. I didn't know Kyle Nunn was going to play over half the game the other night, but that's the way it turned out."

Entering the season, King, a junior, was perhaps USC's top lineman. He played defense in high school, so a switch to the depth-challenged defensive line could come under consideration.

Not feeling snubbed. The Gamecocks failed to crack the national rankings, coming in 28th in the AP poll and 29th in the USA Today poll. But Spurrier shrugged it off.

"I haven't paid a lot of attention to that, and I don't think it's a big deal," said Spurrier of his team's position. Spurrier is one of 59 coaches who vote in the USA Today poll.

Garcia's rib. The team will get an update today on starting quarterback Stephen Garcia, who banged up his ribs against Mississippi. Garcia doesn't appear in danger of missing any game action, but the team could choose to take it easy on him in practice to avoid aggravating the injury.

Reid McCollum, the No. 2 quarterback, should be back at practice after flu-like symptoms caused him to miss Thursday's game.

Defensive tackle updates. The Gamecocks hope to get a medical redshirt for Travian Robertson, who sustained a season-ending knee injury on Thursday. The junior defensive tackle should be eligible for the extra year because it happened in the fourth game, before the one-third mark of the season had passed.

Robertson started the first three games, but might have been coming off the bench with Ladi Ajiboye back from an injury. The loss still hurt, according to Spurrier.

"That was a big loss for us because Travian was really solid inside," Spurrier said. "A wonderful player at defensive tackle. We're gonna miss him."

Senior Nathan Pepper, battling knee issues, was fine after returning from a one-game absence.

"Hopefully he can stay healthy the rest of the year," Spurrier said.

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