COLUMBIA, S.C. — Bryson Allen-Williams, who has worn a yellow non-contact jersey during the first four days of South Carolina football spring practice, was happy to report on Wednesday morning that his injured left shoulder is “pretty much healed up.”
That means he should be ready to roll when South Carolina opens Year 3 of the Will Muschamp era against Coastal Carolina.
“It’s just building the muscle back and getting it back to where I was before the injury, as far as my shoulder. But everything else, running, I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life,” Allen-Williams said. “I’m at 235 right now, so putting on good, healthy weight. I just feel great.
“I’m just ready to get back to 100 percent and help this team.”
Once doctors told him surgery would be the best route to recovery, Allen-Williams didn’t need much time to decide he’d be back, in part because he wanted another crack at Kentucky. Plus, 10 tackles and 2 sacks in fewer than three full games last season left the linebacker wondering how much he and his team could accomplish over a full 12-game schedule.
The Gamecocks went on to finish with a 9-4 record as Allen-Williams was knocking out the early phases of his rehab work.
“It kind of gave me a new perspective on football,” he said. “It made me really enjoy the little things about it, the working out and being able to do that, because I wasn’t able to do that for so long.
“It kind of gave me a new hunger for the game. Things happen for a reason and I truly believe that happened for a reason.”
So far this spring, Allen-Williams has worked primarily at the Buck position, where he played in 2017, but most of his practice reps in the spring were at the weakside linebacker position, which Skai Moore played last season.
“They move me around a lot. … I know wherever — I’ve played all three positions in college — wherever they see fit for me to play, on the line of scrimmage, linebacker or nickel/SAM, I’m comfortable playing everywhere,” Allen-Williams said.