Senior safety Brison Williams suffered a sprained ankle at practice this week and is questionable for Saturday’s game.
Williams has started 21 games, including eight of nine this season. If he cannot play, he likely would be replaced by Kadetrix Marcus.
Redshirt freshman center Cody Waldrop is expected to return after missing seven games because of ankle and foot injuries, but offensive line coach Shawn Elliott isn’t certain if Waldrop or freshman Clayton Stadnik will start. Stadnik has started the past five games in the middle of the offensive line, but Waldrop’s size (319 pounds to Stadnik’s 286 pounds) might make him a better fit against the Gators’ size in the middle of the defensive line.
“If Cody gets his snaps back and his timing, then I feel like he’s got a little bit more strength than Clay does right now, but they are both good football players,” Elliott said. “We will go with whoever has the best snaps. You have to get the snap. That’s the No. 1 thing.”
Florida’s defensive line will be the strongest South Carolina has faced this season, Elliott said.
“Missouri was a lot quicker, but strength-wise (the Gators’) interior tackles present a big problem,” Elliott said.
Reserve running back Brandon Wilds will wear a brace on his left elbow Saturday.
In your face
Wide receiver Bruce Ellington is hoping Florida’s cornerbacks play as much man-to-man defense as he expects Saturday.
“You love it,” Ellington said. “As a receiver, you want them to play man-to-man. That’s what receivers live on.”
The Gamecocks didn’t live well, though, the last time they faced a secondary that played mostly man defense. Tennessee limited South Carolina to 8-of-22 passing for 166 yards. Ellington did not have a catch.
“We need to learn from that, which routes were open against them and, hopefully, the same ones will be open against Florida,” Ellington said.
Ellington later told reporters he planned to rejoin South Carolina’s basketball team after the regular season football finale against Clemson.
Staff writer David Cloninger contributed to this report