COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp announced on Sunday night that Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner and K.C. Crosby will play in the Outback Bowl.
Senior wide receiver Terry Googer (concussion) will not be available. Freshman wide receiver Shi Smith, Muschamp added, “is good.”
“He’s going to be fine,” Muschamp said, though he didn’t clarify what his status would be for the bowl game.
Dowdle and Turner, two of the Gamecocks top three running backs, have combined for over 700 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns.
Crosby, a tight end, caught 2 passes against Arkansas, before exiting with an injury.
The fractured ankle injuries to Dowdle and Crosby were the same as Deebo Samuel’s initial setback this season. However, another injury during Samuel’s rehab will prevent him from playing in the bowl game.
Bryson Allen-Williams, like Samuel and Googer, will not be available to play on New Year’s Day. The outside linebacker/defensive end will be back in 2018 with Samuel and the rest of the returning Gamecocks.
Smith, who sat out the Clemson game with a leg injury, has caught 26 passes for 350 yards and 2 touchdowns.
South Carolina will play Michigan at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is set for Jan. 1, 2018 at 12 p.m.