South Carolina’s veteran-heavy offensive line, ranked No. 1 in the SEC coming into the season, suffered a potentially devastating blow Saturday during the Gamecocks’ second fall scrimmage.

Starting right guard Mike Matulis, a fourth-year junior who redshirted last season, “severely sprained his knee” according to coach Steve Spurrier in a post-scrimmage interview.

First reported by John Whittle of TheBigSpur, Matulis was seen on a training table with his left knee heavily braced surrounded by teammates.

“If we had to replace Matulis, it would be Cody (Waldrop) and Clayton Stadnik (at center) in all likelihood,” Spurrier said. “We’re hoping it won’t be severe. He felt a twinge and then a sharp pain but we’ll wait and see how severe the injury is.”

If Matulis’ injury sidelines him for an extended period of time, South Carolina’s starters up front would look like this against Texas A&M in the opener on Aug. 28:

  • LT — Corey Robinson, RS Sr.
  • LG — A.J. Cann, RS Sr.
  • C — Clayton Stadnik, RS Soph.
  • RG — Cody Waldrop, RS Soph.
  • RT — Brandon Shell, RS Jr.