USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said after Monday night’s practice freshman defensive back Martay Maddox will not play in the season opener against East Carolina while serving a one game suspension related to academics in the spring. And, Ward said freshman defensive back Sheldon Royster is dealing with a shoulder injury and an issue with his blood sugar levels. Ward said he told freshman defensive back Ahmad Christian Monday he plans to redshirt him. He said they’ve not made a decision on Royster regarding a redshirt.
Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing said after practice he plans to redshirt freshman defensive linemen Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon Jr. this season. Lawing previously said he would redshirt freshman defensive lineman Phillip Dukes. Lawing Monday night also would not dismiss the idea that freshman Jadeveon Clowney would start against East Carolina saying he will start his four best players regardless of class.