USC’s 41-20 victory over The Citadel was a costly one on the injury front, especially for the defensive unit. Linebacker Reginald Bowens suffered a shoulder stinger, safety Demario Jeffery left with a high ankle sprain, defensive back DeVonte Holloman was sick and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and linebacker Qua Gilchrist suffered concussions. Jeffery’s injury may be the worst, but all of the players availability for next week’s game against Clemson are in question. Gamecock assistant head coach over defensive Ellis Johnson said his unit could be in serious trouble as it prepares for the high powered Tiger offense this week.
Wide receiver Bruce Ellington was also hurt. He sprained his ankle in the first half and did not return to the game.
On a brighter note, quarterback Connor Shaw passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 104 yards with one score. It was easily the most complete game the sophomore has put together since taking over the starting job five games ago.
Freshman running back Brandon Wilds continued his admirable job filling in for injured running back Marcus Lattimore. The Blythewood high product rushed for 109 yards on 20 carried and scored twice. Junior wide receiver Alshon Jeffery also had a nice game with five catches for 81 yards, including a 31 yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
USC is 9-2 and can reach the 10 win mark for just the second time in school history with a victory over arch rival Clemson next weekend in Columbia. That game will kick off at 7:45 on ESPN.