COLUMBIA, S.C. – Linebacker Jonathan Walton and running back A.J. Turner hope to be full-go Saturday night when Tennessee rolls into Williams-Brice Stadium.
Walton, who’s seventh among South Carolina defenders with 29 tackles, sat out against Massachusetts after undergoing a knee scope during the bye week.
“I feel like I’m 100 percent,” Walton told reporters Tuesday morning. “I felt good today running around in practice and hitting and stuff.”
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp mentioned after Saturday’s 34-28 win that Turner was limited against UMass because of a “banged up” knee. Turner’s only touch was an 11-yard kick return in the second half.
Three days later, his prognosis for Tennessee was the same as Walton’s.
“I’ll be full speed,” Turner said, “100 percent.”
The redshirt freshman leads all South Carolina rushers with 300 yards on 68 carries and is first with 279 kickoff return yards. Among the SEC’s leaders in all-purpose yards, he’s ninth with 683.
That production, however, doesn’t guarantee Turner a spot in the Gamecocks starting lineup, where he’s been four times this season.
David Williams got the nod against UMass and Rico Dowdle was starter against Georgia. Turner has no idea who will start at running back against Tennessee.
“We just had practice and it was a pretty normal rotation,” Turner said. “I rotated in there some today, so we’ll just see how it goes throughout the week.”