Will Muschamp shuffles secondary lineup due to injuries
The injuries to the South Carolina secondary keep piling up. According to John Del Bianco of The Big Spur 247, freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson will miss this Saturday’s game against Chattanooga because of a hamstring injury.
In his place, the Gamecocks plan to move freshman Jaycee Horn to safety.
“Jaycee Horn is going to play safety for us this week. We’ll get another guy back there that can be another dependable guy to get guys on the ground,” Muschamp said during his Carolina Calls call-in show. “He’s been a really good player for us, but you lose sight of things in that he’s still a true freshman. He’s played corner, he’s played nickel, he’s played dime and now he’s playing safety. He’s a brilliant young man, very bright and intelligent so he can handle it, but at the end of the day he’s still a true freshman. You have to be careful with how much we’re putting on his plate as far as game planning. We have to let our guys play and not think and just play ball.”
Dickerson injured his hamstring, which Muschamp called a “severe” ailment, during the loss against Florida last week. He will likely also miss the season finale against Clemson on Nov. 24.
Horn has started eight games this season but all of those were at cornerback. But the coaching staff has reportedly decided to start Rashad Fenton and Keisean Nixon at corner this week and move Horn to safety.
South Carolina and Chattanooga will kick off at 7:30 ET on Saturday.