COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bryson Allen-Williams rolled through a mental list of players that need to step up at linebacker next season before falling to a familiar name.
The South Carolina junior linebacker named Skai Moore as a player that he hopes can help solidify the Gamecocks linebacker corps.
“He’s a freak,” Allen-Williams said. “He’s a freak of nature. He’s a guy that is probably around 6-2, 6-3, he can move around. He is very long and just working with coach (Jeff) Dillman, added a little bit of bulk. He’s probably up to like 225, 230 now. He’s looking really good. I’m like y’all. I’m waiting to see if he is going to return or not.”
Moore missed the 2016 season after having neck surgery in the offseason. He led South Carolina in tackles in three straight seasons and is on the path to returning in 2017, according to coach Will Muschamp.
Allen-Williams put an “if” in front of a comment on Moore returning, adding he does not want to speculate on Moore’s future and is waiting for confirmation.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t want to speak for him. … Nobody knows anything for certain.”
Moore has been cleared to resume non-contact work, but is not taking part in bowl practices. By all accounts, the first few days of practice have been highly physical.
Moore has been working in the weight room with Dillman, which he was cleared to do in October.
Like Allen-Williams, senior linebacker T.J. Holloman said Moore’s progress is evident.
“He looks great,” Holloman said. “I’ve seen him in the weight room working out. He’s working really hard, getting bigger. I saw him the other day and was like, ‘Man, how much muscle have you put on?’ He looks phenomenal. I’m excited for what his future holds.”