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More changes on USC's O-line

(Saturday -- 10/03/2009 -- Columbia, S.C. -- PHOTOGRAPH BY Rich Glickstein/rglickstein@thestate.com) - S.C. State cornerback No. 9 Phillip Adams  breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina junior tight end No. 88 Weslye Saunders during the second quarter as USC leads S.C. State 10-7 Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in Columbia, S.C. at Williams Brice Stadium.  

Photograph by Rich Glickstein/rglickstein@thestate.com
(Saturday -- 10/03/2009 -- Columbia, S.C. -- PHOTOGRAPH BY Rich Glickstein/rglickstein@thestate.com) - S.C. State cornerback No. 9 Phillip Adams breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina junior tight end No. 88 Weslye Saunders during the second quarter as USC leads S.C. State 10-7 Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in Columbia, S.C. at Williams Brice Stadium. Photograph by Rich Glickstein/rglickstein@thestate.com

South Carolina's offensive line will look very different in its next game.

There will be new starters at two or three positions, according to offensive line coach Eric Wolford. And right tackle Quintin Richardson, who missed the S.C. State game, has returned to practice but not to his starting spot.

Hutch Eckerson, who started in place of Richardson, performed well enough to go start against Kentucky.

Meantime at left tackle, Kyle Nunn underperformed and Jarriel King is set to get that spot back.

Lemuel Jeanpierre, after starting at left guard against S.C. State, will move back into a platoon at center with Garrett Anderson. Heath Batchelor could start at left guard, while Nunn and King also are getting snaps there. Terrence Campbell, who started the season, is still a week away from returning from an injury.

"We've got multiple options. We'll massage it to get the best group out there," Wolford said.

And there is little chance King will move to defense, especially after freshman Aldrick Fordham had his redshirt burned by playing against S.C. State.

"Our defensive line doesn't lack any depth," Wolford said. "I wish I had that kind of depth."

Saunders doubtful. Tight end Weslye Saunders is likely to miss Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, coach Steve Spurrier said after Monday's practice.

That means the Gamecocks will be thin at tight end, where true freshman Justice Cunningham, who has one catch this year, will start. The backups are Foxy Foxworth and Mike Triglia.

"We'll see who next in line is. Maybe we'll have tryouts for the backup tight ends this week," Spurrier said.

Sympathy for Tebow. USC starting spur Antonio Allen knows what Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow is going through. Allen has been dealing with a mild concussion for several weeks, missing the Mississippi game, then playing through it against S.C. State.

Allen said his head "rung" a couple times in the second half, but it wasn't too bad.

"First of all, you black out, and your head is hurting constantly," Allen said. "You have headaches daily, and it's just basically a lot of pressure on your head. They say with a concussion your brain moves slightly, I guess."

Praising S.C. State. After reviewing more of Saturday's film, Spurrier had more kind words for South Carolina State's talent.

"South Carolina State, they've got a bunch of guys that could start for us. I'm serious," Spurrier said. "They've got linebackers that can run all over us. Defensive backs. Those two wide receiver guys they've got, they can play most any SEC team, I think. They're a very good team, I'm glad we don't have to play them anymore."

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