It looks like South Carolina will be without one of its best defensive players until the regular season finale against Clemson.
Defensive end Cliff Matthews, already ruled out for Saturday's game at Arkansas, will also miss the Florida game, coaches said Wednesday. The junior has a dislocated shoulder.
"I am not going to put him out there and jeopardize his career," defensive line coach Brad Lawing said. "I'm not going to do that. I don't believe in that. Cliff's a tough kid. And with him, we've got to make sure that he really is able to be out there."
Matthews ranks second on the team with five sacks, and has forced a team-leading three fumbles.
"That's tough to lose a guy like that," Lawing said. "He's probably our most high-energy guy on defense. He makes plays, disrupts a lot of stuff. So that's tough."
King out too. Left tackle Jarriel King will also miss the Arkansas game after suffering an apparent concussion at Tennessee. King had started all but one game this season, though he played left guard for several of them.
Kyle Nunn is set to start at left tackle in King's place. Walk-on Garrett Chisolm may play left tackle too, after being previously announced as the starter at left guard.
"He's our swing man now," Spurrier said of Chisolm.
Giles clamps down. Freshman tailback Jarvis Giles is hoping that a little more "focus" off the field will result in an increase in carries.
Giles has eight carries over the past four games, after an 11-carry, 74-yard performance against S.C. State, when he was the Gamecocks' leading rusher.
He blamed himself, saying it was a result of off-the-field issues.
"I haven't been taking care of business and it cut my reps a lot. The past two weeks I've been just doing everything I'm supposed to. Working hard and going full-speed on everything I do."
"I know why. I just got a little beside myself, and what has happened has happened for a reason. It gave me a wake-up call and I just gained that focus."
"I just wasn't really focused a lot on the little things. ..."
"Being on time to class, being five minutes early to meetings. Just little stuff like that. What I do outside carries on to the football field as well."
Heeding advice? Lawing said Matthews and fellow end Clifton Geathers have "no desire" to go pro early, based on conversations the juniors had with coaches over the summer.
"I think they saw what happened last year with Emanuel Cook, and I think they know who to trust," Lawing said, alluding to the ex-USC safety who was undrafted and remains a free agent after leaving early.
Norwood honors. Senior linebacker Eric Norwood is one of 16 finalists for the Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive player.
Norwood is tied for the SEC lead with six sacks, alongside Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap.