COLUMBIA, S.C. — For their first fully padded practice, the South Carolina football team opened Day 5 of preseason camp with its version of the ‘Oklahoma Drill.’
The ‘Cock Drill’ pits an offensive player blocking for a ball carrier. If the defender makes the tackle, he wins the rep. Linemen blocked linemen. Tight ends blocked linebackers. Wide receivers blocked defensive backs. Running backs took handoffs from walk-on quarterbacks.
Views of the drill, for the most part, were obstructed by players waiting their turn, but it was hard to miss the minor skirmish that came from the direction of the linemen. The fisticuffs happened about midway through the drill, but it was quickly broken up and the drill continued soon thereafter.
Freshman outside linebacker Damani Staley beat freshman tight end Will Register during one rep. It was a nice looking play by Staley, who was quickly greeted by his position coach, Coleman Hutzler. The linebackers coach, needless to say, was excited about the play
Redshirt freshman tight end Evan Hinson successfully blocked sophomore linebacker T.J. Brunson on another rep. Coach Will Muschamp mentioned on Sunday that Hinson would be a factor for the Gamecocks this fall.
During the final period that was open to the media, defensive players went through circuit drills. They were grouped by position, though the safeties and ‘Bucks’ combined to make one group.
Defensive line coach Lance Thompson had a station that forced players to make a backfield read while coming off the edge. If there was no ball carrier — no simulated ball carrier — they were to rush off the edge and make a strip sack.
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Junior college transfer Keisean Nixon continues to work with the safeties. On Wednesday, he was in a non-contact yellow jersey with no pads while the rest of the team had on shoulder pads. Nixon wore full pads on Friday and was no longer in yellow.
Freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson (shoulder) continues to wear a yellow jersey, but he was dressed out in full pads.
Athletics director Ray Tanner was on hand to watch practice.
The Gamecocks are off Saturday. They’ll return to the field on Sunday afternoon, but there will be no availability of any sort for reporters.
Monday morning’s practice will be open to the media for the first three periods, like this week’s workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.