COLUMBIA, S.C. – Skai Moore isn’t going to be seen in a South Carolina uniform this season, as has been expected all along.
The senior linebacker still is taking a redshirt this season with plans to return in 2017, coach Will Muschamp confirmed Tuesday. But Moore’s status has changed in recent days.
“Skai was cleared yesterday to lift,” Muschamp said. “He’d been doing some light lifting and some light running. He was cleared yesterday to go in the weight room and do any exercise he wants to do as far as loading and all those things are concerned. Any of the running, the change of direction.”
Moore has been out since the spring due to a neck injury and ensuing neck fusion surgery in June. He led the Gamecocks last season with 111 tackles and four interceptions.
The senior previously was cleared in September to resume lifting, but not in full. Now, he’s full steam ahead in workouts, but not on the football field at this time.
“That’s it, no contact,” Muschamp said. “That clearance will not come until January. So that’s where we are right now.”