South Carolina received bad news on Saturday about one of its promising defensive backs.
Jaylin Dickerson, a freshman safety out of Southern Pines, N.C., who excelled in spring practice and drew rave reviews in the spring game, is out for the season with a shoulder injury, coach Will Muschamp told reporters. Dickerson was listed as a second-team safety entering the season.
Entering preseason camp, Dickerson dealt with a nerve strain in the shoulder and throughout camp still practiced, but wore a yellow non-contact jersey.
“It’s caused some weakness and pain in his shoulder,” Muschamp said, according to The Big Spur. “He’s going to be fine. It will regenerate itself and be fine. It could be a week, week and a half, but he will be fine. We need him to be healthy.”
Depth was already an issue for the Gamecocks with the absence of cornerback Chris Smith, who has missed the entire camp with an injury.
Dickerson, an early enrollee, shined in the spring game as he drew praise from SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy on the broadcast. Dickerson broke up a pass early in that game and had eight tackles by early in the second half.