COLUMBIA, S.C. – Donell Stanley’s return didn’t come Saturday, but the South Carolina sophomore remains close to playing.
Coach Will Muschamp said Stanley “continues to improve and get better” as he works his way back from a high right ankle sprain.
“I think he will be certainly close to 100 percent this weekend,” Muschamp said on his Sunday teleconference.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Stanley has not played since the Gamecocks’ season-opening win at Vanderbilt. He has been back in practice since Oct. 25.
The Gamecocks have found continuity on the offensive line in recent weeks, something it lacked early in the season with injuries to Stanley and offensive tackle Blake Camper. They have rolled out the same starting lineup in four straight games, but starting right tackle Malik Young did not finish the game Saturday.
“Well, we want to be full speed out there,” Muschamp said. “We’ve had good continuity on the offensive line. Obviously, Malik had a little bit of an ankle sprain. He’s going to be fine. D.J. (Park) went in and did a nice job at the right tackle position.”
Redshirt freshman running back A.J. Turner left South Carolina’s 31-21 win against Missouri on Saturday. Muschamp expects Turner to be okay, reiterating the belief it is a knee sprain.
“We think it’s day to day,” Muschamp said. “We will know more Tuesday. But I don’t think he’ll miss this weekend.”