One of the first things that jumped out once South Carolina’s practice opened up to the media Monday — apart from the sudden rainstorm sending media members running for umbrellas — was the presence of freshman wide receiver Korey Banks working with the first unit.
But it added up when a look to the area off to the side with players in yellow jerseys showed Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards were both limited in practice.
Banks made the most of it, though, as he was featured on a two-point conversion play that brought him in motion and gave him the handoff, which he smashed in for the conversion. It had offensive lineman Cory Helms coming off the field declaring, “That’s my son.”
The absence of Edwards and Samuel also led to freshman Chavis Dawkins getting early reps in practice, as the Gamecocks continue look for answers at wide receiver.
**It was the same five up front on the offensive line, from left tackle to right tackle: Mason Zandi, Donnell Stanley, Cory Helms, Zack Bailey and D.J. Park.
**It was again fast-paced for the Gamecocks out of the gate, as tempo continues to be emphasized. And it again was Perry Orth taking the first snaps of the practice with Brandon McIlwain hopping in for second-team reps.
The running back rotation was different Monday, however, as Darius Paulk was the first running back on the field for the red-zone period. Fellow walk-on Rod Talley was in next at running back, and he scored a touchdown in the period.
**David Williams was the second back in during the period, but the drive he started ended with a fumble from Ty’Son Williams at the goal line. The fumble was recovered by junior defensive back Jasper Sasser.
**One of the first drills taking place during the open periods was the Oklahoma drill. One of the best reps of the period came with tight end Hayden Hurst, who dominated his opponent and paved the way for the running back behind him.
**Recruited to South Carolin as a wide receiver, freshman Kiel Pollard continues to work with the tight ends.
**Before reporters were asked to leave practice, the Gamecocks worked in a special teams period. From this angle, it looked like they were practicing angled kickoffs. The team included: LB Bryson Allen-Williams, WR Matrick Belton, WR Jamari Smith and the walk-on running backs.
Mike Wilson covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on the Gamecocks.