USC in ‘much better place’ as Year 3 under Muschamp winds down
South Carolina’s football team suffered 14 season-ending injuries during the 2018 regular season, and 14 Gamecocks who have starting experience missed at least one game because of injury.
As the Gamecocks (7-5) prepare to face Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl, we wrap up the long injury list here:
OUT FOR THE SEASON
Javon Charleston – The junior defensive back suffered a season-ending foot injury. Charleston played in seven games and had eight tackles this season.
*Daniel Fennell – The junior defensive lineman has started five games but suffered a season-ending knee injury against Clemson. He had 29 tackles and a sack this season.
Jovaughn Gwyn – The freshman lineman suffered a season-ending foot injury in the preseason.
Nick Harvey – The graduate transfer safety from Texas A&M played in four games this season but has missed the last six games because of a concussion. He could receive a sixth year of eligibility.
*J.T. Ibe – The graduate transfer safety started the first four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He could receive a sixth year of eligibility.
Tayvn Jackson – The redshirt freshman defensive back had to retire from football during the preseason because of the presence of the sickle cell trait.
Tyreek Johnson – The freshman defensive lineman suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason practice.
Caleb Kinlaw – The senior running back walk-on suffered a season-ending knee injury in fall camp.
*OrTre Smith – The sophomore wide receiver had season-ending surgery to repair a subluxating kneecap in the third week of the season.
*Aaron Sterling – The sophomore defensive end has missed the last four games and is questionable for the bowl game because of a meniscus injury in his knee.
Chad Terrell – The sophomore wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in the preseason and hasn’t played this year.
Eldridge Thompson – The senior linebacker had season-ending shoulder surgery after the third game of the season. He is expected to receive a redshirt this year and return to the team next year.
Lavonte Valentine – The freshman running back was limited during the preseason because of a pre-existing knee injury. He has not played this year.
*Jamyest Williams – The sophomore defensive back had 32 tackles through the first eight games of the year before having season-ending shoulder surgery.
MISSED ONE OR MORE GAMES
*Bryson Allen-Williams – The senior defensive lineman had 36 tackles and two sacks through the first six games but suffered an ankle injury against Ole Miss and has missed the last four games. He is expected to return for the bowl game.
Josh Belk – The freshman defensive tackle missed seven games because of an ankle injury but returned to the lineup against Chattanooga.
*Randrecous Davis – The sophomore wide receiver had a 27-yard catch in the first game of the season but has missed the last six games because of a nagging groin injury. He is not expected to play in the bowl game.
*Chavis Dawkins – The junior wide receiver missed the first two games of the season because of an ankle injury.
*Mon Denson – The junior running back missed four games in the first half of the season because of a hamstring injury. He has returned to have two 100-plus yard rushing games in the second half of the season.
Jaylin Dickerson – The freshman safety has missed the last three games because of a hamstring injury. He is expected to play in the bowl game.
*Rico Dowdle – The junior running back started the first six games of the year but he missed the Chattanooga game and was limited against Florida and Clemson because of an ankle injury.
J.J. Enagbare – The freshman defensive lineman missed the Clemson game because of a head injury.
*Jaycee Horn – The freshman defensive back missed the Clemson and Akron games because of an ankle sprain. Horn has started nine games this year and had 39 tackles and eight pass breakups. He is expected to play in the bowl game.
*A.J. Turner – The junior running back, who has been shifted to defensive back this week because of all the injuries at that position, missed the Texas A&M game because of a head injury and didn’t have a carry against Clemson because of a separate injury.
*Ty’Son Williams – The junior running back, who has started two games this year, has missed the last four games because of a broken bone in his hand. He is expected to play in the bowl game.
*D.J. Wonnum – The junior defensive end missed five games in the first half of the season because of an ankle injury, and he hasn’t been full strength since. He had surgery last week and did not play against Clemson or Akron. He is not expected to return for the bowl game.