COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp updated the status of injured freshman wide receiver Shi Smith after the 28-20 win over Florida.
Smith, who caught a 26-yard pass in the first quarter, was poked in the eye and “had blurry vision in the eye,” according to Muschamp.
“There was not a hit. There was no contact and he had a hard time getting focused,” Muschamp said, “So they couldn’t get him back in.”
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Smith, a freshman from Union, S.C., entered the game as the Gamecocks third-leading receiver with 22 catches for 294 yards.
After Smith exited, South Carolina went to two tight end sets for a majority of the afternoon, much like last season when Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards the top two wide receivers.
Hayden Hurst, the Gamecocks second-leading receiver this season, was joined on the field by fellow tight end Jacob August for a majority of the game Saturday.Hurst finished Saturday with 5 receptions for 59 yards, including a long of 23.
Shi Smith had the Gamecocks second-longest catch of the afternoon. Edwards, who finished with 3 catches for 48 yards, hauled in a 29-yard grab.
Freshman wide receiver OrTre Smith finished tied with Hurst for the team-high in receptions (5). OrTre topped all receivers in Saturday’s game with 60 yards.