INDIANAPOLIS — Steve Spurrier bluntly told reporters after South Carolina’s game against LSU this past season that running back Brandon Wilds ‘took himself out’ of playing in that weekend’s contest because of an apparent rib injury. Wilds now says that comment stemmed from a ‘miscommunication.’
“We settled that,” Wilds told SEC Country at the NFL Scouting Combine. “The doctor told me that I was supposed to be out for six weeks. I came back in four. The team needed me, so I came back in four weeks instead of six. I wanted to show my team that I was there for them. I came back against Vanderbilt and rushed for over 100 yards that game.”
That incident wasn’t the first time Wilds and the Gamecocks staff had some miscommunication. The running back said he asked South Carolina coaches if he could be used in wildcat packages and as a receiver, but that never happened.
“I bought it up a few times, but I am just a player that is told whatever the coaches want me to do,” Wilds said.
The NFL hopeful did say that he has no regrets about his time at South Carolina. He finished with 1,844 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns in his four seasons with the Gamecocks.