South Carolina’s secondary was dealt a blow just days before it opens the 2016 season.
According to a report from 247Sports writer John Whittle, senior defensive back Rico McWilliams has left the Gamecocks football program.
McWilliams played in 33 games for the Gamecocks during the last three seasons and was expected to enter his senior year as a starter at cornerback for South Carolina. He was listed as a starter on the Gamecocks preseason depth chart, but he reportedly dropped to working with the second string during his first fall camp under the direction of Will Muschamp.
According to Whittle, McWilliams, who had 18 starts under his belt, missed several days of practice last week to help family members impacted by the flooding in Louisiana. He reportedly returned to practice on Friday, but left the team for good on Saturday, according to the report.