The South Carolina Gamecocks practiced Friday for the first time since starting school, and according to the players, things were a little rusty.
AJ Turner, the running back who appeared to get the most snaps in Monday’s open practice, said things were a little sluggish, but that’s to be expected given that the team had two days off their feet prior to Friday. Turner, the sophomore from Clifton, VA, is among the fray that South Carolina will use this year as they continue a “running back by committee” approach.
Turner told the assembled media he’ll be ready when called upon:
Running backs coach Bobby Bentley said they have a pretty good idea who will play amongst the running back stable. He listed Rico Dowdle, transfer TySon Williams and Turner, in no particular order. Bentley also added sophomore Mon Denson as a player he expects to get some snaps on game day. The second-year running back coach talked to the media about the progression of his unit, and also about watching his son, Jake, quarterback the team up close and personal:
One other news item of note: Malik Young told the media throng that he will be the first left tackle on the field when the Gamecocks take the field against NC State. Young had been locked in a battle with junior college transfer Dennis Daley for the blind side tackle position. Despite overtones from the coaching staff the battle has been ongoing, Young says it’s been established as the starter: