Notebook: Two Gamecocks to transfer; Carson injured

dcloninger@thestate.comApril 12, 2014 

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward confirmed after the spring game Saturday that redshirt freshman Mohamed Camara and redshirt sophomore Kyle Fleetwood are transferring.

Camara has never played and Fleetwood played in four games last year, all on special teams.

Each listed as spurs, the two saw too much competition coming in in the secondary and decided to head elsewhere.

“I want to thank all of the USC coaches, teammates and fans for the opportunity to play in the Garnet in black,” Fleetwood said via Twitter. “A lot of memories and friends I've made at USC. They'll always be remembered. I appreciate everyone that's been there for me since day one.”

BANGED UP

USC nearly made it out of the spring without any serious injuries, but tight end Rory Anderson tore his tricep a week ago and third-string tailback Shon Carson suffered a shoulder injury on Saturday.

Carson “may have cracked his shoulder a little bit,” Steve Spurrier said. He was running downfield and fell right on it. Spurrier was hopeful the offseason would be enough for Carson to recover.

TAKING NO CHANCES

Junior tailback Mike Davis, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate in 2014, had two carries on Saturday before taking a seat. He logged 13 yards, including two spin moves through the defense’s front seven on the last.

NO. 2 FOR NOW

Connor Mitch started for the Garnet team at quarterback while Dylan Thompson started for the Black. Mitch rose into the No. 2 role in the last week of spring practice.

“Not going to make that decision, but I made some good reads,” Mitch said. “Overall, it was a good day.”

PRETTY CLEAN

The game’s only two turnovers came on back-to-back plays. Jody Fuller fumbled after a long catch, which Chris Moody recovered. On the next play, Perry Orth cast long into the secondary only to see Jamari Smith intercept. Smith dropped a second Orth pass in the third quarter.

WELL DONE

USC honored its last class of seniors, other former USC standouts and the SEC regular-season champion women’s basketball team at halftime. The Gamecocks were going to recognize the equestrian team but ran into a snag.

“The equestrian girls can not make it,” Spurrier recently said. “I understand they’re practicing. Practicing is more important than getting recognized in front of 40,000, but hopefully they’re getting ready to go win the national championship.”

NEW TALENT

ESPN and the SEC Network added another former league athlete to its stable of on-air talent on Saturday – former two-sport standout Maria Taylor.

Taylor played volleyball and basketball at Georgia from 2005-09. She will serve as a studio host, sideline reporter for football and an analyst for volleyball and women’s basketball games.

Taylor joins former football players Booger McFarland, Greg McElroy, Marcus Spears and Tim Tebow as new hires for the network.

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