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Richardson out; Barnes will start over Gurley

USC wide receiver Jason Barnes
USC wide receiver Jason Barnes

The flu bug has passed on to another South Carolina player.

Right tackle Quintin Richardson probably will sit out Saturday's game against S.C. State and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Hutch Eckerson.

Besides the flu, Richardson also is dealing with a shoulder injury that may require surgery, coach Steve Spurrier said. It was not clear how serious the surgery might be.

Richardson's absence opens up a chance not only for Eckerson but also for Garrett Chisolm, a walk-on from Charleston. Chisolm (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) transferred from an NAIA team in Pikesville, Ky.

"If I have to personally put him in, he's gonna play," Spurrier said. "I've watched him in practice. He's a pretty good player. No. 77. So he'll be out there."

Gurley not starting. While Tori Gurley has emerged as the Gamecocks' No. 1 receiver on the field, a poor week of practice has cost him that role against S.C. State.

Spurrier said on his radio show that Jason Barnes would start ahead of Gurley, who leads USC with 16 catches and 240 yards.

"You have a bad game, you have another guy waiting, you give the other guy the opportunity next week," Spurrier said.

McCollum poised to play. Redshirt freshman Reid McCollum missed last week's game against Mississippi with the flu and was still sick as late as Monday.

But he got better, and Spurrier plans to play him Saturday. McCollum's only action so far has been late in the Florida Atlantic game, when he attempted one pass.

"Even if the game is close at some point, we may put Reid in, to see if he can do some good," Spurrier said.

McCollum has gotten more practice snaps this week than at any point, according to Spurrier. Starting quarterback Stephen Garcia has been limited because of sore ribs but is good to go Saturday.

"He hasn't practiced a whole lot, but he's fine," Spurrier said.

Burning a redshirt? Reserve defensive tackle Aldrick Fordham was set to redshirt, but injuries at his position may derail those plans.

"We're trying to (redshirt him), but I don't think we're going to have that luxury," assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said. "I think we're just going to have to let him play, because we're getting so thin there. I'll be surprised if we don't have to play him down the road and maybe early."

The Gamecocks have Nathan Pepper and Ladi Ajiboye to start, with Melvin Ingram set to back up. Redshirt freshman Kenny Davis also is healthy, but Fordham is listed as one of the two backups on the depth chart.

Spur switches. The spur position has become "a musical chair" according to Johnson.

Antonio Allen is set to start after missing the Mississippi game with a concussion. But his health will be watched closely.

Freshman Damario Jeffery also will get snaps, as he did last week. Alonzo Winfield, who entered the season as the starter, has slipped to third on the depth chart.

"The other kids are making more plays," Johnson said.

Johnson said moving Darian Stewart from safety to spur, where he played last year, is "the emergency move." Winfield also is working at safety.

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