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Will Muschamp announces star freshman will be playing a new position this week

Jaycee Horn debuts for Gamecocks as a true freshman

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp discusses the debut of freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn.
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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp discusses the debut of freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn.

Will Muschamp’s South Carolina football team has taken hit after hit on the injury front.

Thursday night, he announced freshman Jaycee Horn will be working at a new position.

Because of injuries at the safety position, Horn, who has played nickel and corner, will play safety against Chattanooga.

“We’ll get another guy back there that we feel like can be a more dependable guy to get guys on the ground,” Muschamp said. “He’s been a really good player for us.

“He’s very bright. He can handle it. But at the end of the day, he’s still a freshman. So you’ve got to be careful about how much you put on his plate.”

Muschamp said that means the gameplan has to be made smartly, staying simple at spots. The starters are R.J. Roderick, also a freshman, and senior Steven Montac.

A Day 1 starter, the son of NFL Pro Bowler Joe Horn has been one of USC’s most consistent and reliable defenders. For the season he has 38 tackles and eight pass breakups.

Other injuries Muschamp mentioned included:

▪Safety Jamyest Williams had shoulder surgery Thursday

▪Defensive end Aaron Sterling should be ready for Clemson next week after missing two weeks with a knee

▪Tailback Rico Dowdle is a gametime decision with an ankle. He played sparingly against Florida.

▪ Safties J.T. Ibe (Knee) and Nick Harvey (concussion) are out

Safety Jaylin Dickerson’s hamstring injury will likely sideline him until the bowl game

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