South Carolina freshman cornerback Tayvn Jackson will miss two to three weeks with what Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp described Saturday as “a little bit more serious hamstring” injury, and that’s not the only injury hit the secondary took.
Freshman Chris Smith, a Rock Hill native, is “likely” headed toward a medical hardship scholarship (which would end his collegiate career) due to a hip injury. Smith has not practiced with the team this preseason.
“It’s not anything you can repair with surgery, and he’s in a lot of pain,” Muschamp said.
Safety Steven Montac, who is expected to be in the rotation, is questionable for the N.C. State game due to a foot injury. Montac will come out of a walking boot next week and the team hopes he is available to return to practice in time to practice before the first game, Muschamp said.
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Freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson (shoulder) had successful surgery, Muschamp announced. Dickerson will miss the 2017 season.
Wide receiver Shi Smith has suffered a minor hamstring injury and is expected to return to practice Monday. Wide receiver Randrecous Davis (groin) is expected to return to practice Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Freshman running back C.J. Freeman is in and out of practices due to soreness following ACL surgery.
In the good news department, signee Jordon Carty has arrived on campus and will be able to practice with the team next week. Carty, a freshman offensive lineman who is most likely headed for a redshirt, had his enrollment delayed due to NCAA qualifying issues.