South Carolina, like many other teams, will not head to training camp at full strength. The Gamecocks have a number of injuries entering camp, but should see many of them make their way back before the season opener against Vanderbilt one month from Monday.
The injury updates as camp gets set to begin though did come with some good news.
Sophomore defensive end Shameik Blackshear appears ready to go for the Gamecocks after he missed the spring recovering from a gunshot wound suffered when he was the victim of a shooting in December outside his apartment. He was listed in serious condition at the time.
He missed the spring, but South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said he was fully cleared to rejoin the team and begin practice. This is very good news for South Carolina’s defensive line.
Freshman defensive lineman Stephon Taylor had labrum surgery in March. He is cleared for contact, but the team will monitor him, Muschamp said.
This is welcome news that these two players will be available. So too is the news potential starter Alan Knott will also be ready to go in practice, albeit limited, according to Muschamp. He will be on the field, but not as active as some other players as he continues to recover.
South Carolina will also be down a pair of tight ends.
Sophomore tight end Kyle Markway underwent surgery on his foot in the spring. He will be clear in about two weeks. Markway had three receptions for 57 yards last year as a freshman. Muschamp said Markway’s progress is on schedule.
Sophomore tight Kevin Crosby will be cleared to practice Friday after experiencing chest issues.
Freshman tight end Evan Hinson is clear to practice after tearing his meniscus, Muschamp said. But his reps may be limited. Hinson was a three-star prospect according to 247Sports and No. 31 tight end in the country.