On the Beat: Gamecocks return to practice after day off
COLUMBIA – The air conditioning in the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility wafted around the room, quite a respite from the 95-degree heat outdoors. It felt like 103 to observers in T-shirts and shorts, so players in full pads were probably upping that figure.
Every one still sprinted outdoors when stretching was over, anxious to get back after it after a day off on Sunday.
The words etched on the sideline that they stepped over – “Effort. Toughness. Discipline.” – never seemed more clear.
Steven Montac (right foot), Randrecous Davis (groin) and Tavyn Jackson (undisclosed) remained in yellow jerseys. Bryson Allen-Williams was a newcomer to the yellow shirts, but was on the exercise bike adjoining the practice fields.
D.J. Smith returned to the team after missing Saturday’s scrimmage due to a death in the family.
Chris Lammons, Jamyest Williams, Rashad Fenton, Keisean Nixon and Shi Smith were among a group practicing at punt return.
Cracking the chart
Mount Pleasant’s Parker White is leading the competition at kickoff specialist. The redshirt freshman, who was at South Carolina last year but did not play football, was a two-time Special Teams Player of the Year at Wando High.
“Parker White hit a 37-yarder to end the scrimmage,” coach Will Muschamp said Saturday. “Parker’s done very well, he’s kicked off extremely well.”
Announcing their presence
USC’s rebranded sports information department, the Athletics Communications and Public Relations, released one of its new projects over the weekend. “Tomorrow Isn’t Promised, the Deebo Samuel Story,” was a short video featuring the triumphs of the Gamecocks’ junior wide receiver.
Samuel’s relationship with his brother, ’Quan Samuel, was explored.
In one of the multiple polls answered by anonymous SEC coaches, Fenton was tabbed a “million-dollar guy.” The cornerback shrugged it off.
“Someone just tagged me in that. I don’t know who it is, but I still got to put my work in,” he said. “That’s not an NFL scout talking.”