Josh Kendall

How much will Deebo Samuel practice this spring?

South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel “has been cleared” for Wednesday’s opening of spring practice, but how much the star wide receiver will participate is an open question.

“I’m extremely proud of how he has approached the offseason program and how he’s worked,” head coach Will Muschamp said, “and we’re going to gradually move him through spring as he sees fit, but he’s been cleared and looks good.”

Samuel had 474 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns last year despite not finishing the third game of the season. He missed the rest of the season due to a broken leg and later a foot injury.

“I saw him attack the offseason like I felt like he would,” Muschamp said. “The injuries obviously were very frustrating for him, but he’s a great young man.”

The Gamecocks will hold their first spring practice of the season at 8:30 a.m. They will practice again Friday and Saturday and then twice next week before breaking for the school’s spring break. South Carolina’s first full-pads practice will be Saturday.

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