South Carolina football offensive tackle Zack Bailey is close to completely his recovery from thumb surgery, according to coach Will Muschamp.
Speaking Tuesday prior to his Spurs Up Tour stop in Atlanta, the second-year South Carolina coach said that the junior offensive lineman was the lone player that needed surgery coming out of the spring and that he’s close to returning.
“He’s out of a cast next week,” Muschamp said. “He can get rolling pretty soon.”
Bailey excelled at left guard for the Gamecocks last season, proving to be the best offensive lineman on the roster in 2016. He’s on the move now, sliding to right tackle for 2017 as the Gamecocks look to shore up the unit with new offensive line coach Eric Wolford.
“I like how we’ve gelled up front,” Muschamp said. “I think moving Zack Bailey to right tackle was a good move for us. We have pretty good competition at left tackle and competition inside. We have eight guys right now that we feel comfortable about on the offensive line.”
South Carolina is tasked with replacing starting left tackle Mason Zandi, the lone player not returning from last season’s starting offense.
Redshirt freshman Sadarius Hutcherson and sophomore Malik Young are leading the charge at left tackle to replace Zandi.