Redshirt freshman linebacker Cedrick Cooper is out indefinitely with a torn ACL, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said.
Cooper left Wednesdays practice with a knee injury.
He played in 11 games this season, mostly on special teams. He had one tackle but was expected to be in the running for a starting job next year after the Gamecocks four senior linebackers depart.
He could be ready for the 2013 season after a full rehabilitation.
Cooper is from Lithonia, Ga.
- Chris Dearing