Steve Spurrier addressed a few social media posts during his Sunday teleconference.
"I think it was just one. We’ll handle that up here," Spurrier said. "I think it’s just one … is there more than one I don’t know about? We’ll do our best to handle those situations up here."
The posts in question came from the Twitter account of freshman Shameik Blackshear. Blackshear, after not traveling to a 45-24 loss at No. 7 LSU, seemed to voice his displeasure at choosing USC, saying he should have looked around like his parents advised.
Blackshear was heading for a redshirt season despite having played, according to co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. The freshman, who South Carolina stood by after he tore a knee ligament during his senior season in high school and through an arrest before he reported to campus, played in the last two games.
The Tweets have been responded to by other teammates, and other players talked about their belief in the Gamecocks throughout Sunday.
As for redshirting, Spurrier wasn’t sure of the particulars.
"There’s a certain, if he plays in the first half of the season and you have an injury that you’re getting treatment for, you can potentially redshirt," Spurrier said. "He had an injury back in high school. I’m not exactly sure what type of injury he has had, but if you don’t play after the fifth game or sixth game, I’m not exactly sure, then you’re eligible to redshirt."
Another change under center?
Lorenzo Nunez missed Saturday’s game with a sprained shoulder and Spurrier said afterward that Perry Orth was in line to start against Vanderbilt. He and Michael Scarnecchia may be the only two quarterbacks who can dress, although Connor Mitch will practice this week.
"Connor Mitch will come back and start throwing around a little bit," Spurrier said.
Mitch hasn’t played since he separated his shoulder against Kentucky. He also was in and out of the hospital for a bruised hip and an infection.
"We’ll see how healthy he is, and how much he’s ready to go," Spurrier said. "And if the trainer clears him, then certainly he’ll be back in the mix to play."
Spurrier said that RB Brandon Wilds, WR Carlton Heard and C Zack Bailey will practice Monday. Each missed the LSU game, Wilds doing so despite being cleared to play.
"If a player says he can’t play, then obviously he can’t play. Sometimes the trainer says, ‘Well, he could have played if he wanted to,’ that’s what they tell us," Spurrier said. "But we allow the player to make the call. The trainer doesn’t allow anybody to play if he thinks they should not. So that’s where that is."
DE Dante Sawyer and DT Taylor Stallworth were each banged up against LSU but could be practicing by Tuesday.
Excuse me, Mr. Shaw
Spurrier said he looked at the tape of D.J. Smith’s supposed offside on Saturday. The call wiped out a recovered onside kick.
"It was very close, that’s about all I can say," he said. "Very, very close."
Spurrier said that as far as he knows, Saturday’s kickoff against Vanderbilt remains 4 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.
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