Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks are set to welcome Larry Fedora’s North Carolina Tar Heels at William-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Thursday night to kick-off the 2013 college football season. However, not everyone will get to take the field in one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season.
For North Carolina, Dalton Stogner (knee), Shakeel Rashad (knee), and Sam Smiley (toe) all knew that they would not be playing at all this season. They suffered season ending injuries during summer camp. Nathan Staub also knew coming into the season opener that he would not be playing too. He has been listed as “out indefinitely” after suffering a knee injury.
AJ Blue was expected to be the starting running back this season, but last week Romar Morris was named on the first string squad after Fedora informed the public Blue was recovering from a minor hamstring injury. The injury he obtained during summer camp doesn’t appear to be a huge issue for his status against South Carolina, but he is listed as questionable.
It’s also worth noting that under Fedora’s high octane offense, it doesn’t truly matter where you are on the depth chart because you’re going to see some playing time regardless at running back.
List as questionable for Steve Spurrier’s squad is: Damiere Byrd (hamstring), Chaz Sutton (foot), and Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder).
Spurrier is known for his smoke screens or as I like to call it, lies to even his fans’ faces, and it was used when Clowney’s minor shoulder injury was announced to the public. He wanted to lead the public and the Tar Heels to believe that Clowney would indeed miss the game, but who couldn’t read right through the smoke that Spurrier was lying?!
Questionable players for the Gamecocks on Thursday are: Bruce Ellington (hamstring), Rory Anderson (hamstring), Cedrick Cooper (elbow), Cody Gibson (knee), Gerald Turner (ankle), James King (foot), Kyle Morini (elbow), and Mike Matulis (shoulder).
Defensive end Devin Washington has been ruled out indefinitely while he recovers from a concussion.