COLUMBIA, S.C. – Will Muschamp doesn’t have many options left at safety with Chaz Elder out due to injury. But the South Carolina plans to rotate as many players as he can, he said Thursday night on his weekly radio show.
“We’ve got different combinations of guys,” Muschamp said. “At the end of the day, we will play the guys who are playing well.”
The same four players Muschamp named during his Tuesday press conference are the four he named Thursday, as D.J. Smith, Jasper Sasser, Steven Montac and Chris Moody all will get opportunities at safety. Smith has started both games this season alongside Elder, who will miss 3 to 4 weeks with a rib contusion. Sasser stepped in and made a career-high eight tackles against Mississippi State.
Cornerback Mark King also will start on Saturday against East Carolina. The junior said he was informed on Monday he would get the nod. Muschamp was displeased with the play of cornerback Chris Lammons against the Bulldogs.
“We’re going to make some changes in the secondary,” Muschamp said. “We don’t have a lot of room for different guys, but we have to get better at that position.”
Pollard to play
The Gamecocks used their tight ends more against MSU than they did against Vanderbilt. Now, another one will be getting into the mix.
“Kiel Pollard is a true freshman and he is going to play a good bit for us on Saturday,” Muschamp said.
Muschamp said Kyle Markway still is struggling with a foot injury. The Gamecocks have held back and are slowly bringing the sophomore along to avoid re-injuring the foot.