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Notebook: Alan Knott out ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury

South Carolina center Alan Knott walks off the field after an injury in the first half against Georgia on Saturday.
South Carolina center Alan Knott walks off the field after an injury in the first half against Georgia on Saturday. gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina will be without starting center Alan Knott for “several weeks” and may not have starting tailback Brandon Wilds against UCF on Saturday because of injury.

Knott, who has started 11 games in the middle of the offensive line, suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half of Saturday night’s 52-20 loss to No. 6 Georgia. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by true freshman Zack Bailey, coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday.

Bailey, 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, is a four-star prospect from Summerville.

Senior running back Brandon Wilds also was injured in the first half against Georgia and went to the team’s locker room with a large ice pack taped to his side. He suffered bruised ribs and will be evaluated later this week, Spurrier said.

“We’ve had a few injuries. I don’t know if we’ve had a whole bunch,” he said. “We just haven’t ever played extremely well, and we have to try to play better.”

Mitch update

Sophomore quarterback Connor Mitch, who began the season as the starter before suffering a deep hip bruise and a separated shoulder is “getting a little bit better,” Spurrier said.

Mitch was hospitalized early this week and again this weekend because of complications from his hip injury.

“I don’t know if he’ll be able to play for two or three weeks, but his infection or bleeding is much better and under control,” Spurrier said.

Hitting the links

Spurrier will be the featured guest on David Feherty’s Golf Channel show Wednesday at 9 p.m. The episode was shot this summer near Spurrier’s beach house in Crescent Beach, Fla.

Record night

Georgia’s 52 points was tied for the most it has ever scored against the Gamecocks, matching games in 1970 and 1974. It was the most points Georgia had scored against a Spurrier-coached team.

Bulldogs quarterback Greyson Lambert set the NCAA record for completion percentage in a game (96 percent). He broke a record shared by former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin, who completed 95.8 percent of his throws in a 1998 win over South Carolina.

“We certainly made Georgia look very good,” Spurrier said. “Time will tell when we play out the schedule, but Georgia looks like a very good team.”

Extra points

Junior linebacker Skai Moore is fourth in the SEC with 10.3 tackles per game. Moore led the Gamecocks with 12 tackles against Georgia. … After recording four sacks against North Carolina, South Carolina has one in two SEC games. … The Gamecocks were flagged for one penalty in the first three quarters Saturday but then had three 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter, including two personal fouls. “The guys were getting a little chippy,” Spurrier said. “Their guys and our guys were talking too much.”

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