COLUMBIA, S.C. — Skai Moore continues to take steps toward his return to South Carolina football in 2017.
The senior linebacker, who missed the 2016 season following neck fusion surgery, has been cleared for non-contact work, coach Will Muschamp said Thursday. He will not, however, take part in any bowl practices as South Carolina prepares for the Birmingham Bowl against South Florida on Dec. 29.
“We’re not going to practice him right now,” Muschamp said. “He was cleared about a month ago to lift, fully lift, all the axle loading and all that stuff. He’s been able to do all of those things for about a month. He’s working hard. Looking forward to him getting back at it.”
Muschamp confirmed Moore still is planning to be back in 2017. He has been working in the weight room since around midseason.
But when it came to getting a head start by practicing Moore for two weeks in December, Muschamp didn’t see the value.
“It’s not worth any of that,” Muschamp said. “Everything is healing extremely well. He’s fine.”