ESPN will have to find something else to talk about for the next 24 hours. Steve Spurrier announced this morning that Jadeveon Clowney is healthy and in good standing, and he will be ready and available for the season opener against North Carolina in 15 days.
“All communication problems have been solved,” Spurrier said. “He’s back on the team in good standing. ”
The news isn’t as good for wide receiver Bruce Ellington. He’s still dealing with hanstring injury he suffered early last week.
Bruce ) is still hurt,” Spurrier said. “Bruce has a lingering hamstring that prevents him (from practicing). He hasn’t done anything for a good week now.”
Here’s more from the official USC practice report:
Coach Spurrier reiterated that Connor Shaw was his starting quarterback. “(Shaw and Dylan Thompson) are ready to play. We’ll try to find a way to get them both in there, but Connor Shaw is the starter. Dylan is going to play somewhere it looks like. We’re still working on that two-quarterback system offense. We’re thinking about it.”
A key member on the defensive side of the ball remains sidelined. “Chaz (Sutton) is still out,” said defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “We just want to make sure his foot is well so it’s not something that’s going to be lingering all season.”
Others who remain sidelined are Cedrick Cooper (elbow), Kyle Morini (elbow), James King (foot), Gerald Turner (ankle), Rory Anderson (hamstring), Mike Matulis (shoulder) and Cody Gibson (knee).
The Gamecocks have not spent much time game planning for the Tar Heels. “I looked at them a lot over the summer but haven’t looked at them any in this camp because we’re trying to prepare for the season,” noted Ward. “But it’s hard to simulate what North Carolina does because they go so fast. We just got to be ready for the pace. I think we picked up the pace in practice the last three days. We’ll try to give them some idea of what the game is going to be like. Missouri was an up-tempo team, so I think they’ll be very similar.”
You can take a listen to Spurrier and Lorenzo Ward’s comments below.