Will Muschamp updates injuries, outlines to-do list during upcoming off week
South Carolina may have found its offensive identity in the 24-7 win over Kentucky when the Gamecocks rushed for 247 yards on 46 carries.
During a media teleconference on Sunday night, Muschamp said RB Rico Dowdle, who suffered a left ankle injury, would practice by the end of the week. Dowdle had 102 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while RB Tavien Feaster had 15 carries for 107 yards and two TDs.
Backup QB Dakereon Joyner, who didn’t play against UK because of a hamstring injury, was still on crutches on Saturday, but may play against No. 3 Georgia on Oct. 12. The Gamecocks are off this week.
“We think he’s going to be back,” Muschamp said. “I would not anticipate him practicing this week at all, and we’ll see what he can do next week.”
In other injury news, OL Hank Manos had ankle surgery and is expected to be out for four weeks.
The “nub side” offensive success the Gamecocks found early in the second half on Dowdle’s touchdown is something they’ll keep doing because tight ends Nick Muse and Kyle Markway are effective in it with one running back.
Otherwise, another to-do list item during the bye week is work on QB Ryan Hilinski’s development.
“We like to get Hilinski out of the pocket because he throws it really well on the run,” Muschamp said, according to SportsTalkSC. “We like changing the launch point on the defense, but we’d like to see him get more accurate.”
He said they will also work on third down and red zone offense to improve their success rate.