Not many positives came out of South Carolina’s 24-10 loss to Missouri on Saturday, but one silver lining is that the shoulder sprain sustained by quarterback Lorenzo Nunez does not appear serious. The possible return of tailback Brandon Wilds could be another positive for the struggling Gamecocks offense.
“Our trainers says Lorenzo Nunez should be OK. Brandon Wilds could be back this week, we’ll see,” coach Steve Spurrier said on his Sunday teleconference. “Other than that we came out OK, injury-wise.”
Nunez struggled in his second career start, throwing three interceptions while accumulating only 172 passing yards, but the players around him did not have spectacular performances either — Nunez led the team with 60 yards rushing. Spurrier said he will remain the starter this week if he’s healthy, which the team expects.
“Lorenzo had some freshman-like plays yesterday,” Spurrier said. “Unfortunately yesterday at times, he didn’t quite look down field and he just took off. That’s a freshman playing in sort of a passing offense for the first time. He made some beautiful runs. He was our leading rusher again. We’ve got to get the running backs involved. We’ve got to block better, we’ve got to run better. We’ve got to do a lot of things better.”
Wilds has missed the past two games with a cracked rib.
Spurrier added that quarterback Connor Mitch, who entered the season as South Carolina’s starter, could return to the field within”two or three weeks.” Mitch suffered a separated shoulder during a Week 2 loss to Kentucky.