Top running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful Mike Davis is questionable for No. 9 South Carolinas season-opener hosting No. 21 Texas A&M in a week.
Mike Davis has been hurt, he hasnt practiced all week, coach Steve Spurrier told the Sportstalk radio network after Wednesdays practice. I dont know if hed even be able to start or not. But we got Brandon Wilds, hes ready to go. Shon Carson, Dave Williams, so were in good shape there.
Wednesdays practice was closed with no media availability afterward. A USC sports information official was unclear as to why Sportstalk was able to speak to Spurrier at the end of practice.
Davis missed the second straight day of practice with what he described as a rib injury. He told The State on Tuesday night that it wasnt anything serious. Running backs coach Everette Sands also told The State that it wasnt anything to worry about.
But Spurrier said, He hasnt practiced much, so well see how much hes ready to play for the game.
The Gamecocks are already down their starting right guard in Mike Matulis, who suffered a sprained left knee in their last scrimmage. One of his potential backups, Cody Waldrop, has also missed two straight days of practice with an oblique injury. Will Sport has been taking reps at right guard in Matulis and Waldrops place.
USCs coaches are scheduled to speak at the end of Thursdays practice, which begins at 4:15 p.m.
No. 2?: Spurrier also said that the battle for backup quarterback remains unsolved. While Connor Mitch is thought to be the top choice, Spurrier said after Saturdays scrimmage that Perry Orth would be the guy if the game was on Sunday.
Its still up in the air between those two guys, Perry Orth and Connor Mitch, Spurrier told Sportstalk. We dont have to make that decision unless Dylan (Thompson) gets hurt.