Muschamp: Gamecocks receiver OrTre Smith remains limited in spring practice
South Carolina freshman receiver OrTre Smith remains limited with the ankle injury he suffered his senior season at Wando High School, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said after the first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday.
Smith, from Mount Pleasant, and sophomore receiver Bryan Edwards have both worked only in individual drills, and not in 11-on-11 situations. Edwards is coming off offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Smith “is progressing really well,” Muschamp told reporters at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Edwards and Smith “have been limited, but have been partaking in most of the practices.”
Muschamp added that receiver Randrecous Davis also had sports hernia surgery, and will miss the remainder of spring practice. Running back A.J. Turner has been out with a hamstring injury, and has not practiced this spring. Defensive back Chris Lammons is out with a sprained foot, but should be back next week, Muschamp said. So will linebacker Skai Moore, out with an ankle injury.
Muschamp said offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville has grown comfortable at right tackle, after playing center and guard his first two years. “Obviously, it’s a learning curve when you’re going from a confined area as a guard to now when you’re on the edge,” he said. “I’ve been pleased with his progress.”
Defensively, Muschamp said he wants to see more improvement out of USC’s pass rush, which faded at the end of last season and will have some new starters in place for the 2017 campaign.
“We need to get better. We need more fast-twitch up front,” he said. “We’ve got to get more edge guys. I’ve been very pleased with Dennis Wonnum. He’s had a good spring for us. Dante (Sawyer) has done nice things for us. Daniel Fennell has had two back-to-back good practices for us. We’ve got to have him come along for us. Taylor (Stallworth) has done some nice things inside. We’ve got to get more guys we can count on front. We’re very thin from a standpoint of experience and guys we feel we can win the SEC East with.”
Muschamp called his kicking game, which will feature a new kicker, punter, and snapper this season, “far too inconsistent” in the spring. But the USC coach said he sees overall growth in the program from his first spring practice at South Carolina a year ago.
“Night and day,” he called it. “More than anything, we’ve got some depth on the offensive line. We’ve got some depth in the front seven – not at linebacker, but in our front four. We’ve got more depth at defensive back. We have more options as far as skill guys are concerned.”