David Cloninger

Camp Insider: Injuries lead to more questions for Gamecocks

South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst will play and could start Thursday because of the Jerell Adams injury.
South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst will play and could start Thursday because of the Jerell Adams injury. dmclemore@thestate.com

Oh boy.

I purposely didn’t ask how good Steve Spurrier felt about avoiding the injury bug that’s hit a lot of his opponents this year. I knew as soon as I did, something would happen and I’d get blamed as the jinx.

So this isn’t my fault.

But the injuries have hit.

Spurrier said Monday that starting tight end Jerell Adams is doubtful to start after missing three straight days with a hamstring pull, and that came a day after receiver Jerad Washington, who could have cracked the rotation, broke his leg. The Adams news hit particularly hard because, at least from a logical perspective, he could have really aided the Gamecocks’ offense.

Connor Mitch doesn’t need too much thrown at him right away. A lot of runs, extra protection and high-percentage pass plays would be a presumed benefit.

If Adams is out, that takes away an experienced blocker on the edge and a reliable target for short to mid-range throws. Not that Hayden Hurst, et al, can’t do the same, but we haven’t seen them do it, so they’re lumped into the unknown quality that a lot of other players have.

USC was going into this game with several questions, no matter what.

There are just more of them now.

Washington surgery successful

Wide receiver Jared Washington had successful surgery on his broken left leg Sunday.

“Jared Washington is doing well,” Steve Spurrier said. “Dr. (Jeffrey) Guy said it was a clean break in the bone and fixed it up. A broken bone can heal very well. It was very unfortunate. He sort of got bumped and landed wrong. I wish he hadn’t gotten bumped, but sometimes that happens out here. We’ll probably redshirt him. He’s a wonderful young man and tries as hard as he can and does everything we ask him.”

Washington could be back in 10-12 weeks but will more than likely be redshirted, receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said.

“It was unfortunate,” Spurrier Jr. said. “He kind of got his foot caught in the ground and cracked his leg. They took him in last night and fixed him up. Dr. Guy called me this morning and said it went really well.”