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Add another name to South Carolina’s lengthy injury list.
Senior defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams missed Tuesday’s practice due to an ankle injury and is questionable for the Gamecocks game against Florida. The Gamecocks (5-3 overall, 4-3 SEC) play the No. 19 Gators (6-3, 4-3) at noon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Allen-Williams is fifth on the team in tackles this season with 36. He leads the Gamecocks in tackles-for-loss with 10 and in quarterback hurries with five. He has played 48 games in his South Carolina career, with 21 starts, and totaled 171 tackles, 27.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks.
“That’s definitely a big loss,” senior cornerback Rashad Fenton said. “We are definitely going to miss Bryson. He brings a ton of energy. Like Coach said, next man up. I am sure the next man is going to bring just as much intensity.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Allen-Williams missed the final 10 games of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury and took a redshirt season in order to return and play this year.
On Monday, Allen-Williams tweeted, “God’s plan for your life is always bigger than yours.”
South Carolina’s two leading rushers remain questionable for the Florida game as well. Rico Dowdle did not practice due to an ankle injury, and Ty’Son Williams practiced but wore a hard cast on his left hand. Williams, who suffered a broken bone in his hand against Ole Miss, will not be able to play effectively unless he is able to move to a smaller cast later in the week, he said.
“Ty’Son is going to play,” Muschamp said.
Defensive end Aaron Sterling also missed Tuesday’s practice due to a knee injury and is questionable for the Florida game.
“At this time of the year, everybody’s got injuries,” Muschamp said. “Everybody’s banged up, that’s part of the deal.”
Earlier this week, Muschamp announced that safeties Jamyest Williams (shoulder) and Javon Charleston (shoulder) suffered season-ending injuries in the Ole Miss game. Wide receiver OrTre Smith (knee), linebacker Eldridge Thompson (shoulder), defensive lineman Jovaughn Gwyn (foot), defensive lineman Tyreek Johnson (knee) and running back Caleb Kinlaw (knee) previously had been ruled out for the season due to injury.
Safeties J.T. Ibe (knee) and Nick Harvey (concussion) have each have missed long stretches due to injury.