Notebook: Roland’s suspension to last through Arkansas game

nwhite@thestate.comOctober 1, 2013 

South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

Shaq Roland’s suspension is going to last two more games.

USC coach Steve Spurrier said at his Tuesday press conference that the sophomore wide receiver, who sat out last weekend’s game against UCF, will not play against Kentucky this week or Arkansas next week.

Roland’s three-game suspension for a violation of university policy will not end until the week of the Oct. 19 game at Tennessee, Spurrier said. But he would not expand on the reason behind the suspension.

After Saturday’s game, Spurrier referred reporters to USC athletics director Ray Tanner for comment on the issue while also saying the suspension was not drug-related. During his Sunday teleconference, he added that it had nothing to do with an arrest, a social media violation or academic issues.

Tanner has not responded to requests for a comment.

Roland, a Lexington High product, has eight catches for 161 yards and one touchdown on the season.

Clowney, one more time

The play of USC junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney continues to draw analysis each week. Considered the top NFL prospect, he hasn’t been as spectacular as some expected while notching 12 tackles, two sacks, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in the first four games.

“He’s sort of missed some sacks,” Spurrier said. “These big quarterbacks, they are all about 6-4, 6-5 and one hand doesn’t get them.”

Clowney also has stated that various factors have played a role in his less than dominant play -- from the heat to a stomach bug to a sore foot. But Spurrier doesn’t question his effort.

“He’s playing as hard as he can,” Spurrier said. “He had two guys hanging out on him there. He’s doing fine.”

SEC East watch

Spurrier said that he did not pay much attention to Georgia’s 44-41 victory over LSU over the weekend, even though the ramifications were huge for USC’s divisional title hopes.

But he did admit to being surprised by the result.

“I thought LSU would beat them, though. I did,” he said. “I didn’t think Georgia would score that much against LSU, but they sure did. Georgia’s defense is near the bottom of the league. … Who knows what will happen down the stretch, but Georgia, they outscored them.”

Lined up right

For the second consecutive game, the Gamecocks had an offensive lineman named as the SEC lineman of the week. Freshman center Clayton Stadnik received the honor in the win over Vanderbilt, and junior guard A.J. Cann claimed it for his play in the UCF victory.

“That was pretty neat,” said Spurrier, who noted that Stadnik could be back in the starting lineup if Cody Waldrop doesn’t recover from a sprained ankle last week.

Cann was pleased by the success the linemen have had in making the offense go and the attention they’ve received for it.

“That just shows how hard we’ve been trying to work these past couple of weeks. It feels pretty good. We are going to try to get some more,” Cann said.

Winning big

The UCF win was the 20th of quarterback Connor Shaw’s career as a starter, which makes him one of only five quarterbacks in school history to reach that level along with Todd Ellis, Garry Harper, Stephen Garcia and Steve Taneyhill.

His 20-4 record gives him a school-best .833 winning percentage, the top figure among those with 20 wins.

“He’s played very well for us. His record speaks for itself, percentage-wise the winningest quarterback,” Spurrier said. “Even better than Tommy Suggs and Todd Ellis (who were at the press conference). So you’ve got to say he’s really played well.”

Backfield blues

With backup tailback Brandon Wilds out for a few weeks with an injured elbow, Spurrier said that should open the door for true freshman tailback David Williams, a four-star recruit from Philadelphia, to get some carries behind Mike Davis this week. Shon Carson relieved Davis, who has rushed for 508 yards on the season, last week for a single carry.

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