Right guard Ronald Patrick limped off against Arkansas with a high ankle sprain and is doubtful for Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
Steve Spurrier said the Gamecocks have several options to replace him.
Freshman Na’Ty Rodgers replaced Patrick against Arkansas, but Brock Stadnik could take the spot. Center Cody Waldrop, out the past two games with a sprained ankle, also could slide over to guard.
If Stadnik plays, there’s a chance he could line up beside his brother, Clayton Stadnik, who has started the past two games and four of the past five at center. Spurrier wondered if any set of brothers at USC had ever lined up beside each other during a game, which drew questions about the Brinkleys (Casper and Jasper) and the Lindseys (Dustin and Jordin). Those two sets of twins all were on defense.
Freshman linebacker Skai Moore is also doubtful for Tennessee after sustaining a slight concussion on the last play of the Arkansas game. Moore will be given the standard concussion tests and will miss practice this week. He led the Gamecocks with six tackles against the Razorbacks.
Shaq is back
Receiver Shaq Roland, suspended the past three games for a violation of university policy, also will be back for Tennessee. He has practiced with USC during the suspension.
Georgia’s loss to Missouri — and then Missouri losing quarterback James Franklin to a separated shoulder — has re-opened the SEC East race. USC is right back in it, behind Missouri and tied with Georgia and Florida with one loss each.
Spurrier has spoken of it with the team, but isn’t making that the focus.
“We’ve mentioned just briefly that we’re still in the hunt for whatever we’re in, until we’re not,” Spurrier said. “But we don’t sit around talking about it a whole bunch. We haven’t given up hope, but we don’t sit around and talk about winning the East that much. We just focus on beating the next opponent.”
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