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South Carolina punter won’t miss game time after incident

South Carolina football's Sean Kelly
South Carolina football's Sean Kelly dmclemore@thestate.com

South Carolina starting punter Sean Kelly will not miss game time due to a recent arrest, head coach Will Muschamp said.

“I am handling that within the program,” Muschamp said Sunday during a regularly scheduled teleconference.

Kelly posted a personal recognizance bond on Aug. 12 after being arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct and malicious injury to tree, house and trespass upon real property with an injury value of $2,000 or less, according to South Carolina Judicial Department records.

Kelly, a senior from Oakland, Fla., has been the Gamecocks’ starting punter since transferring to USC prior to last season. In 2015, he had a personal-best 44.3-yard per kick average and ranked fourth in the SEC in punting average. Freshmen Michael Almond and Joseph Charlton are competing for the backup punter position this fall, special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler said last week.

Kelly is the second Gamecocks player known to have been arrested this offseason. Backup offensive lineman Christian Pellage was charged with DUI in July. Pellage will miss game time due to his arrest, Muschamp said in July, but Muschamp declined Sunday to elaborate on how much.

“I’ll address that as we move forward at the appropriate time,” Muschamp said.

The State's David Cloninger gives his take on the South Carolina football team's three most important games in 2016 in Will Muschamp's debut season as head coach. (Photos by The State, AP, USA Today Sports Images)

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