Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play Saturday against Coastal Carolina, but starting defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and starting safety Brison Williams will not, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said following Thursday’s practice.
Quarles, who said Tuesday he did not have a concussion, has been diagnosed with a concussion and must pass the team’s regular testing before he can return to the field, Ward said. Quarles leads the No. 12 Gamecocks with seven sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss.
“He didn’t pass the concussion test, so you tell me what that means,” Ward said.
Sophomore Phillip Dukes, who has 13 tackles this season, will start in place of Quarles, Ward said.
Williams is “day-to-day” due to an arm bruise. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by junior Kadetrix Marcus, who started much of the season before being supplanted by Chaz Elder.
Williams “has got a bruise right under the plate from where he broke his arm a couple years ago, so it’s a lot of pain,” Ward said
Clowney, who has been hampered by bone spurs in his foot all season, practiced Wednesday but was in pain again Thursday. He watched practice wearing a walking boot on his right foot.
“His foot is bothering him,” Ward said. “We practiced him yesterday and I (let) him off again today because it got real sore on him. It’s going to bother him the rest of the season. I have to do a good job of resting him.”
South Carolina will rest Clowney as much as it can Saturday, Ward said.
“Hopefully,” Ward added. “If we get a good enough lead then we will definitely try to take care of him.”
Running back Mike Davis (ankle, ribs, shoulder) practiced full speed Thursday and is expected to be available. Brandon Wilds (hamstring) remains questionable, head coach Steve Spurrier said on his call-in show Thursday night.
Ward compared the Chanticleers running game to that of Mississippi State, which South Carolina held to 150 yards on 35 carries on Nov. 2.
“They are a zone power team,” Ward said. “We have seen several teams that spread us out and run power and run the quarterback.”
The Gamecocks are eighth in the SEC in rush defense, allowing 150.8 yards per game.
Saturday’s game sold out of tickets this week, meaning all seven of South Carolina’s home games will be sellouts this season. The game is available on a pay-per-view basis by contacting your local cable provider.