Preseason USC camp primer: Key dates and much more

dcloninger@thestate.comJuly 14, 2014 

South Carolina running back Mike Davis

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

Everything you need to know as South Carolina prepares for preseason camp – roster, numbers (with changes), signee updates and important dates.

IMPORTANT DATES
Pigskin Poets -- July 18 (Richland County Public Library)
Steve Spurrier Media Golf outing -- July 24 (closed to the public)
Team reports -- July 31
First day of practice -- Aug. 1 (Spurrier has traditionally made this practice and a few more that week open. We’ll let you know when we know)
Media day -- Aug. 3 (closed to the public)
Fan Appreciation Day -- TBA (has traditionally been the second Sunday of preseason camp, so leave Aug. 10 open)
First day of class -- Aug. 21
First game -- Texas A&M at USC, Aug. 28

KICKOFF TIMES
Texas A&M at USC – 6 p.m., Aug. 28
East Carolina at USC – 7 p.m., Sept. 6
Georgia at USC – 3:30 p.m., Sept. 13
All other times will be announced two weeks before the game

ROSTER
USC hasn’t updated its spring football roster on its website yet, but hopefully with the changes below, you can figure things out.
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CHANGES FROM SPRING
SPR Mohamed Camara, SPR Kyle Fleetwood, WR Jody Fuller, OL Bryce King, CB Ronnie Martin, TE Kelvin Rainey and WR Kwinton Smith left during or after the spring

Three players were not listed in the fall media guide distributed at SEC Media Days. This does not mean that some or all of them won’t be on the team. Many walk-ons can’t officially be added until the first day of class (Aug. 21). They were TE Jeff Homad, OL Stephen Petty and DE Tre Kelley-Rice.

One player has changed his jersey number. Jamari Smith is now 23 (was 27). There will be several more changes throughout fall camp.

No freshmen enrollees have their jersey numbers listed in the fall media guide. We expect to find out most of them at the Pigskin Poets event.

SIGNEES
LB Bryson Allen-Williams, TE K.C. Crosby, WR Shaq Davidson, WR Terry Googer, CB Al Harris, DT Abu Lamin (spring), DE Blake McClain, WR Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel, QB Michael Scarnecchia, CB D.J. Smith, DT Taylor Stallworth, OL Donell Stanley and OL Malik Young are on campus.

FB Joe Blue, according to his high-school coach, has qualified and will report to campus on July 31.

DT Dexter Wideman is not going to qualify. He is hoping to enroll in a prep school and be able to report to USC in January.

CB Wesley Green, CB Chris Lammons and CB Darin Smalls are in the process of re-taking tests or waiting on test results to see if they qualify. They hope to report on July 31 or during preseason camp. If they don’t make it, prep school is an option.

DE Kalan Ritchie, DE Dante Sawyer and DE Jhaustin Thomas did not qualify. Ritchie is enrolled at Georgia Military College and Sawyer is enrolled at East Mississippi Community College with the hopes of enrolling at USC in the future. Thomas, after spending two years at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College and still failing to qualify, does not appear likely to ever play for USC.

INJURIES
Some injuries from the spring and summer that may affect some players’ ability to start camp
TE K.C. Crosby has a broken right foot
WR Shaq Davidson has a troublesome right knee
WR Kane Whitehurst is recovering from a broken foot
TE Rory “Busta” Anderson is recovering from a torn right tricep
RB Shon Carson is recovering from an injured left shoulder
DE Blake McClain is recovering from injuries to his foot and hand
TE Jacob August has an undisclosed injury
OL Alan Knott is recovering from a torn right meniscus

DEPTH CHART
From the fall media guide
DEPTH CHART – FALL
OFFENSE
WR – ROLAND OR BYRD (Jeffery)
WR – P. COOPER OR BYRD (Brent)
WR – JONES (Heard, Whitehurst)
LT – ROBINSON (Zandi)
LG – CANN (B. Stadnik)
C – WALDROP OR C. STADNIK (Knott)
RG – MATULIS (Sport, Park)
RT – SHELL (Rodgers OR Gibson)
TE – ANDERSON (Adams, Owens)
QB – THOMPSON (Mitch, Orth, Nosovitch)
FB – MCLAURIN (Diaz, Turner)
TB – DAVIS (Wilds, Carson, Da. Williams)

DEFENSE
DE – DIXON (Harris, D. Washington)
DT – SURRATT (Dukes, D. Green)
DT – DIXON JR. (Lamin, Griffin)
DE – ENGLISH (Johnson, C. Cooper)
MLB – LEWIS (Holloman, Roberts)
WLB – MOORE (Walton)
SPUR – GOLIGHTLY (Diggs, Bryant)
CB – RHODES (J. Smith)
SS – B. WILLIAMS (Marcus, Moody)
FS – ELDER (Gurley, Sasser)
CB – MCWILLIAMS (Groves)

SPECIAL TEAMS
KO – ARD (Fry)
PK – FRY (Ard)
P – HULL (Fish)
KR – P. COOPER
PR – P. COOPER
SSN – CULBERTSON
LSN – DR. WILLIAMS
H – FISH (Hull)

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