Notebook: Shaw should be ready by Saturday

Quarles expected to return; Clowney estimates he's at 85 percent

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 7, 2012 

  • GAMECOCKS VS. RAZORBACKS WHO: USC (7-2, 5-2 SEC) vs. Arkansas (4-5, 2-3) WHEN: Saturday, noon WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium TV: CBS RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5 SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius 91/XM 91 LINE: USC by 14

Quarterback Connor Shaw, hampered by a foot injury suffered against Tennessee on Oct. 27, "should be 100 percent" against Arkansas, Steve Spurrier said Wednesday on the weekly SEC teleconference.

"He was running around close to full speed (at practice Tuesday)," Spurrier said.

Shaw, who has completed 106-of-160 passes for 1,338 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, practiced Monday as well but could not run due to the injury, Spurrier said.

“I doubt if he could have played if we’d have had a game last week, with the way he was gimping around (Monday),” Spurrier said.

Backup Dylan Thompson has completed 35-of-73 passes for 593 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He was unavailable against Tennessee due to a triceps injury but is healthy now, Spurrier said.

Also Wednesday, Spurrier said sophomore Brandon Wilds is available at running back behind senior Kenny Miles and freshman Mike Davis.

"We are hoping to redshirt Brandon," Spurrier said. "but if we need to play him he'll be ready."

Playing in pain

Sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is third in the SEC in sacks with 8.5, will finish the season but require offseason surgery to repair a foot injury, Spurrier said. Clowney is unsure if the injury is a hairline fracture or a bad bruise, he said.

“I just know it hurts real bad when I am out here,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “I can’t run full speed right now. We are going to figure out what it is when the season is over.”

Clowney, who was injured against Kentucky, estimated he’s playing at 85 percent on game days. The injury is similar to the one sustained by Swearinger last year, Spurrier said. Swearinger played the last half of the 2011 season with a small fracture in his foot.

“He doesn’t practice all that much,” Spurrier said of Clowney. “He goes about half the time, but he’s OK on Saturdays.”

Clowney is expected to play against the Razorbacks.

Injury update

Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles is expected to return this week from a shoulder injury, but offensive tackle Mike Matulis is done for the season.

Matulis missed spring practice this year due to a torn lambrum in his shoulder and suffered the same injury to the other shoulder this year.

“I told him the other day, I said, ‘You’ve got to start learning to block him like an offensive lineman instead of a wrestler,’ ” Spurrier said. “He has a little tendency to try to grab at them or something and gets his shoulder knocked back out of whack. Hopefully he can have successful surgery and start blocking with those hands a little bit more inside. That would help him.”

Offensive tackle Brandon Shell, who sprained his ankle against Tennessee, is expected to play against the Razorbacks.

Get out the vote

Spurrier was asked about encouraging his players to vote on Tuesday and seemed confused about the legal voting age.

“Our guys that are 21 and so forth?” he responded.

The legal voting age is 18.

“A bunch of them had already made their arrangements, those that want to,” Spurrier said. “Us as coaches, we make our own arrangements during the day. We’re practicing a little earlier today so we can get to the polls before 7 and so forth. So that’s the schedule I’m on right there.”

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