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Practice observations: 2 new faces with Gamecocks’ first-teamers

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The South Carolina football team held its sixth spring practice under Will Muschamp on Thursday.

Here are observations from the media viewing period. News and notes will follow practice:

▪  Donell Stanley is a starting offensive lineman for South Carolina. Or, at least he was Thursday as the Gamecocks held their sixth practice of the spring. The 6-foot-3, 326-pound redshirt sophomore’s elevation to the first snaps at right guard was one of several interesting observations Thursday. The Latta High School graduate played a very limited number of snaps last year as a reserve and entered the spring listed as a backup to Wake Forest transfer Cory Helms at right guard. Helms worked as the first-team center Thursday. Tackles Mason Zandi and Blake Camper and guard Zack Bailey filled out the first-team line.

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Other observations:

▪  While the team’s linemen and linebackers started practice with an inside drill, South Carolina’s quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs did a pass skeleton drill. Quarterbacks Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain and Connor Mitch each took snaps during the drill, but sophomore Michael Scarnecchia did not. McIlwain threw an interception during the drill, and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Matrick Belton each had a dropped pass.

▪  When the Gamecocks split into team work, Orth directed the first-team offense on one series, and McIlwain directed the second series.

▪  Jamari Smith took the tailback snaps with the first-team offense. David Williams, who started the spring as the first-team tailback, worked with the second-team.

▪  A.C. Flora product Joseph Charlton, who signed as a place-kicker, worked with the punters as well Thursday.

▪  Jonathan Walton and Bryson Allen-Williams worked as the starting inside linebackers in team drills.

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