Josh Kendall

Will Muschamp on Jaylin Dickerson: 'That's what's killing us right now'

Jaylin Dickerson remains on schedule to return to the South Carolina football team, but Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp is still disappointing it didn’t happen sooner.

“The guys a good football player and would have played for us this year,” Muschamp said of Dickerson. “That’s what’s killing us right now at the safety position. Here’s a guy that would have played for us last year and been on all special teams, and he’s missed a year of experience, but it is what it is. We have to make it work.”

Dickerson was an early enrollee in 2017 and impressed the coaching staff during spring practice, however a shoulder injury he suffered that fall has kept him off the field ever since.

Dickerson, who suffered nerve damage in his shoulder, still hasn’t been cleared for contact but is “on time for everything,” Muschamp said.

“We will know more about that in August, but everything to this point has been exactly where it needs to be,” Muschamp said. “I have been pleased so far with what I’ve heard. He’s got full range of motion. He’s got most of his strength back, and he’s on time for everything.”

The Gamecocks left spring practice with Steven Montac and former walk-on wide receiver Javon Charleston as the projected starters at safety, but Dickerson and Jamyest Williams (shoulder) will get a chance to compete for those spots when they return from injury.