South Carolina's depth on the defensive end has taken yet another hit.
Defensive end Devin Taylor, who started at Arkansas, will miss Saturday's game against No. 1 Florida with a chest contusion. Taylor was only starting because Cliff Matthews was out with a shoulder injury. Matthews is questionable for Saturday, with coach Steve Spurrier saying "there's a chance" he could go.
Defensive tackle Melvin Ingram would move over and start at end f Matthews can't play.
"Of course it hurts us as far as depth," linebacker Eric Norwood said. "Talent-wise those guys can go in and fill in. Cliff is Cliff. ... But a guy like Melvin Ingram is pure athlete. He'll go run people down."
Play-caller update. While Spurrier has said he will take the play-calling reins this week, junior tailback Brian Maddox said the system in practice hasn't changed.
"I haven't noticed a thing," Maddox said. "Maybe some of the fans have noticed, I don't know."
Asked if receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. is still calling plays at practice, Maddox said: "Yeah, he's still there. It's the same to me, same thing."
Back in the mix? Maddox said he honed down his running style in an effort to get back in the rotation. The junior, who had fallen out of favor after beginning the season as a starter, said he was being too much of a "finesse" back instead of being a power back.
Maddox gained 16 yards on four carries last Saturday at Arkansas, including an 8-yard gain, and caught three passes for 18 yards.
"I ran hard (at Arkansas). That's what people were telling me to do," Maddox said. "So I just got back to that and stopped trying to do too much out there."
Boosting women's soccer. Spurrier spoke Wednesday to the USC women's soccer team, which just captured the SEC championship.
"That was neat," Spurrier said. "Those girls have the memory of a lifetime. They're going to order the rings here pretty good, but in the meantime they have the playoffs to go for."
Blood not quite thicker. USC senior fullback Patrick DiMarco, a native of Florida, said his family back home roots for the Gamecocks against the Gators - with one notable exception.
His uncle Chris DiMarco, the longtime PGA golfer, is an ardent Gators fan.
"My first year playing them he said he hoped that I had four touchdowns and the best game of my life and we lost by one," Patrick DiMarco said. "So I mean he roots for me, but he roots for Florida. So he's kind of put in a predicament. All of the other family roots for me and the Gamecocks, but he's just a pain in the butt sometimes."
Norwood for another award. Norwood has been named a semifinalist for the Lott Award, given to the nation's top defensive player. He is one of two linebackers among the eight on the list, alongside Alabama's Rolando McClain.
He said it. "It's not that bad. It's actually better than what we had at Duke or what we had at Florida. We had to go in the gyms there."
-Spurrier on having to practice indoors because of rain.