Mike Bobo reveals more South Carolina opt-outs, corresponding position changes to help depth
Entering early Tuesday afternoon ahead of interim coach Mike Bobo’s press conference, there were two known opt-outs from South Carolina following the firing of coach Will Muschamp: Cornerbacks Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu.
But when Bobo stepped to the podium, he said safety R.J. Roderick and defensive lineman Makius Scott also are opting out at South Carolina. Bobo said Zaquandre White, the third-string running back, will move to safety this week. Bobo added that he’s been great on special teams, very energetic. Offensive lineman Jordan Rhodes has moved to the defensive line to help with depth there and size.
“The guys are here that are here,” Bobo said. “No ill will toward anybody that isn’t, but the guys that are here have a great opportunity, to handle adversity and rise up.”
Bobo said he didn’t think there would be more opt outs, but that could change. There have been seven total since the Gamecocks had three in the preseason.
“They said they’re opting out for COVID reasons and personal reasons,” Bobo said. “Didn’t get into it. The NCAA’s granted people the option to opt out and so there’s really nothing you can do about it.”
Bobo added that his message to the team was it’s about “us,” and a team game, not an individual game.
Bobo also revealed that defenders Aaron Sterling and Brad Johnson, who missed the Ole Miss game, are out for the season.