Josh Kendall

Thompson good to go; Cooper should play vs. Kentucky

South Carolina senior quarterback Dylan Thompson practiced full speed Wednesday and is expected to be 100 percent for Saturday’s game against Kentucky.

“He felt probably as good today as he has since last Thursday,” quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said after Wednesday’s practice. “Threw it around pretty good today. He’s ready to go.”

Thompson, who did not practice Monday and was limited Tuesday, is fifth in the SEC in passing with 271.8 yards per game. He has completed 61 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Thompson wasn’t the Gamecocks’ only offensive standout who was limited by injury early in the week. Sophomore wide receiver Pharoh Cooper also sat out Monday’s practice and “did not run” on Tuesday, coach Steve Spurrier said, but Cooper returned to practice Wednesday and also is expected to play against the Wildcats.

“He’s got some bumps and bruises and sort of a pulled muscle here or there,” Spurrier said.

Cooper finished last week’s game against Missouri, but running back Mike Davis took Cooper’s usual spot as the Wildcat quarterback for a play late in the game. Cooper is South Carolina’s leading receiver with 24 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns this season. His backup at the slot wide receiver position, K.J. Brent, has three catches for 39 yards.

“We had worked on Mike back there, also,” Spurrier said. “That was the same play that Pharoh went a long way against Vandy, but it was blocked a lot better against Vandy than it was last week.”

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