South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier felt a bit blindsided when he learned that running back Brandon Wilds would not play this past Saturday against LSU.
On Sunday, we learned why.
During his weekly teleconference, Spurrier said that players have the final say as to whether they decide to suit up after an injury. Wilds clearly was not up to playing.
“If a player says he can’t (play), then obviously he can’t play,” Spurrier said. “Sometimes players say he could’ve played if he wanted. We allow the players to make the call.”
On Saturday, Wilds told the coaching staff his ribs hurt and was unable to give it a go against LSU, despite being cleared by the South Carolina medical staff.
In three games, Wilds has amassed 181 yards on 35 carries.
Spurrier did not say what Wilds’ status was for the Gamecocks’ upcoming tilt against Vanderbilt.
USC coach Spurrier on Brandon Wilds sitting out: "We allow the player to make the call" unless trainer says he can't go.
— Eric Boynton (@ericjboynton) October 11, 2015