Jake Bentley digs ‘Back in Black’
The day after South Carolina’s “Black Magic” throwback uniform was unveiled, the team donned black helmets for its 12th practice of the preseason. Coach Will Muschamp opened the start of practice to media.
A few observations from the day.
▪ Redshirt freshman wide receiver Darius Rush was playing defensive back, lining up with a set of corners in warmups. He was with the defensive back group for several periods in practice.
Rush played both ways at his small S.C. high school CE Murray, and at 6-foot-2 had at times been discussed as a possibility at defensive back.
▪ We had the first appearance of a yellow non-contact jersey for a non-QB of the camp. Receiver Randrecous Davis was wearing one.
▪ His receiver spot was a tad thinner because of one new player joining the injured group. Newcomer Tyquan Johnson had long been a presance there, but he was joined by senior Chavis Dawkins. Other players in the injured group included freshman corner John Dixon, defensive end Kier Thomas and Buck defensive end Brad Johnson, a new addition.
▪ Tailback Rico Dowdle was not spotted practicing. Other veterans not spotted were defensive end Kingsley Enagbare, offensive lineman Donell Stanley or tight end Kiel Pollard.
▪ In the opening period, Parker White was 3/5 on field goals, including a bad miss on his longest kick of the day from what appeared to be 40+ yards.
▪ Freshman linebacker Jahmar Brown continues to be one of the back end players on field goal block. As running back/corner A.J. Turner is everywhere, he was one of the edge guys coming after field goals.
▪ There were several scouts from the Los Angeles Chargers in the building, including director of scouting Kevin Kelly.
▪ QBs were working with longer throws toward targets with nets. It seemed everyone had a little trouble (they were hard throws), but Dakereon Joyner hit a couple nice ones.
▪ During part of the turnover drills, it was interesting watching defensive players work on ball security for after they scooped up the ball.
▪ Gamecock great Connor Shaw was also spotted at practice.
▪ It was interesting to watch wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon in the first period of drills. He had his receivers going through some quick footwork drills, but had a break where he was just talking to them, at the center of the circle seeming to go into greater detail on something.