COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina football team is in the final week of spring practice and reporters were invited to watch the first three periods on Tuesday morning.
Practice opened with the Gamecocks version of the Oklahoma Drill. Reporters were positioned on the side where wide receivers were blocking defensive backs, who were trying to tackle the ball carrier.
On the first rep in that line, junior wide receiver Deebo Samuel had his way with senior cornerback Jamarcus King. King more than held his own on their next battle. Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Smith did a nice job of defeating Korey Banks for a tackle.
In the second period, the Gamecocks worked on its punting team. Junior Ben Asbury handled first-team long-snapping duties. Sophomore Michael Almond is among the top options at punter right now.
Junior cornerback Rashad Fenton, who fielded punts during last week’s practice, was joined by sophomore wide receiver/tight end Kiel Pollard. Sophomore wide receiver Bryan Edwards, another option at punt returner for South Carolina, did not catch punts on Tuesday. Edwards continues to wear a yellow, non-contact jersey.
The third period was all about forcing turnovers. Defensive players went station to station, working on technique for different types of turnovers. Linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler was running the strip station. Defensive line coach Lance Thompson worked the strip/sack station. Another stop was for high-pointing interceptions.
Before the third period ended, coach Will Muschamp ran through a couple of backpedal drills with the safeties.
As the second-year head coach noted last week, redshirt freshman wide receiver Randrecous Davis is done for the spring, after suffering a sports hernia. He was at practice, wearing a yellow jersey.