USC Gamecocks Football

Will Muschamp says versatile, veteran pass rusher ‘hopeful at best’ to play vs Florida

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp didn’t want to use the word “doubtful” to describe the status of key pass rusher Bryson Allen Williams, preferring the word “hopeful.”

Still, the implication was it’s a long shot for him to play against the Gators at best with an ankle injury.

Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp updated his team’s injury report heading into the trip to Gainesville. Muschamp also said defensive end Aaron Sterling was battling a knee injury.

Other players Muschamp mentioned included:

Rico Dowdle is not yet at full speed, but fellow tailbacks Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner will play

▪ Offensive linemen Dennis Daley and Malik Young will play

Opening day starting safety J.T. Ibe could return as soon as the Chattanooga game next week from a knee injury. He’s been out since the Kentucky game.

Muschamp also said reserve defensive backs R.J. Roderick and Jaylin Dickerson responded well to moving into the No. 2 and 3 safety spots. Behind them are cornerback Rashad Fenton and safety Jonathan Gipson, who has yet to play this season.