South Carolina’s search for more explosive plays in the offense is getting another option.
Freshman running back Rico Dowdle is back in practice, giving the Gamecocks another option in the backfield and on special teams.
“He will play on special teams,” coach Will Muschamp said. “Depending on how he continues to progress through the week, we’ve had him involved in meetings and walkthroughs and all the mental reps as much as possible. … He had a decent day today. We will look at him again tomorrow and Thursday and the walkthrough on Friday. If he’s able to give us some snaps at the running back position and help our offense, then great. If not, we will continue to progress him like any young player.”
The Asheville (N.C.) A.C. Reynolds product was sidelined with a groin injury through preseason camp and the first four weeks of the season. He traveled to Kentucky on Saturday to give him the experience of traveling. Now, Dowdle will have a chance to see action when the Gamecocks play Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) at Williams-Brice Stadium.
On Sunday, Muschamp said Dowdle would be given opportunities in practice Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I think he did really good (Tuesday),” running back A.J. Turner said. “He’s fast. He’s physical. He’s big. He has to learn the plays and I think he will be alright.”