USC Gamecocks Football

Two Gamecocks lost for 2018 season with injuries

Young corners stand out, but Muschamp says safeties are struggling

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp with an update on how the defensive backs are progressing ahead of the 2018 season.
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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp with an update on how the defensive backs are progressing ahead of the 2018 season.

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp announced a few injuries Saturday following the Gamecocks’ eighth practice of the preseason.

Muschamp confirmed reports of a torn ACL for freshman defensive end Tyreek Johnson. It happened in a noncontact situation.

“I hurt for him,” Muschamp said. “He’s going to be a really good player for us. He had a fantastic spring. This is just a speed bump for him.“

Johnson, from Lakewood High in Sumter, joined the Gamecocks in January after delaying his enrollment because of labrum surgery.

Senior running back Caleb Kinlaw also was lost for the season with a knee injury that came without contact.

“He planted on his foot and his knee gave out,” Muschamp said. “I really hurt for him here being his senior year. He was a very good special teams contributor for us last year.”

Kinlaw was a star at Goose Creek High and transferred to USC by way of Wisconsin and Pearl River (Miss.) Community College. All four of his carries for 47 yards in 2017 came in the win against Wofford.

In other injury news:

Jesus Gibbs had a knee scope and has yet to practice. He’ll be back in a couple weeks.

The staff expects freshman linebacker Rosendo Louis to return from a shoulder injury next week. He landed on the shoulder before the team was even in pads. Muschamp noted: “It’s a lot better than that picture he put on the internet.”

Safety Tavyn Jackson has been having some heat issues.

Grad transfer safety J.T. Ibe is expected to be cleared by the middle of next week for noncontact work after hip surgery kept him out in the early part of camp.

Appeals update

Muschamp said he’s optimistic on USC’s appeal to the NCAA to let Clemson transfer Josh Belk be eligible to play immediately and plans to appeal for Southern Cal transfer Jamel Cook’s eligibility as well.

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The South Carolina football team practiced Friday, Aug. 10, in preparation for the 2018 season.



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