COLUMBIA, S.C. – Though Will Muschamp is nearly halfway through the 2016 schedule, there are still decisions to be made on a handful of first-year players at South Carolina.
Defensive lineman Aaron Thompson and offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson fall into that category. One might presume that Jake Bentley still does, even though Muschamp didn’t mention him specifically during Tuesday’s press conference.
“(Thompson) has been out a little bit with an injury, nothing serious,” Muschamp said. “Sadarius Hutcherson is a guy that we continue to try and get reps with.”
Wide receivers Korey Banks, Randrecous Davis, Chavis Dawkins, Bryan Edwards and Kiel Pollard have all played.
Banks made his debut on Saturday against Texas A&M, but didn’t record any stats. Davis, who’s been out the last couple of games with a hamstring injury, has caught 3 passes. Edwards, the Gamecocks second-leading receiver with 17 catches for 223 yards, sat out last week with a hamstring injury.
Pollard is listed as a wide receiver, but he’s also spent time at tight end, in addition to his work on special teams.
“We would like to redshirt both our tight ends,” Muschamp said. “Evan Hinson and Robert Tucker are going to be really good players. Right now, I don’t foresee the other offensive linemen playing.”
That means Pika Leota, Will Putnam and Darius Whitfield won’t see the field until 2017.
Defensive linemen Kobe Smith, Keir Thomas and D.J. Wonnum have played, so have linebacker T.J. Brunson and junior college transfers JaMarcus King and Steven Montac.
“Stephon Taylor is going to redshirt,” Muschamp said. “He just needs to build strength in his shoulder. Griffin Gentry will redshirt. The other guys we are kind of still up in the air. Right now, that’s kind of where we are.”
Cornerback Chris Smith also hasn’t played this season.