Will Muschamp updates status of QB Ryan Hilinski ahead of Florida matchup
South Carolina beat top-ranked Georgia with third-string quarterback Dakereon Joyner playing a large portion of the game Saturday, but the Gamecocks would surely like to have back backup signal caller Ryan Hilinski when they host No. 9 Florida in Week 8.
But South Carolina coach Will Muschamp didn’t reveal much about Hilinski’s status during his teleconference on Wednesday.
When asked whether Hilinski has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week, Muschamp answer saying he and Joyner have been taking all the reps. Muschamp kept all his answers short, but he also said Hilinski looked fine to him and that “he will get cleared later.”
Hilinski went 15-for-20 with 116 yards and a touchdown before departing with an injury Saturday. Joyner completed 6 of 12 passes for 39 yards and ran for 28 yards in relief. South Carolina is already without starting quarterback Jake Bentley for the rest of the year.
Here’s what else Muschamp said on Wednesday:
- On Emory Jones and Kyle Trask rotating: I don’t see a lot of difference, Dan calls throws for Emory, he can throw it. I don’t see a lot of change, Trask is mobile in the pocket, got some first downs with his legs vs. LSU, I don’t see much change in the style of play.
- On facing Dan Mullen: Dan looks at things from a defensive perspective and knows how to hurt defenses, he makes adjustments that give you issues and I think that makes him a great playcaller… he is tied in on special team, he sees the big picture and does a great job.
- On Javon Kinlaw: He’s very powerful, uses his hands well, playing his best football since he has been here, he really dedicated himself to being in the best shape of his career this offseason… he is really dedicated to the weight room, he has gotten stronger, been really proud of him and how he has handled the season, he has answered every challenge we have put in front of him
- Status of Kinlaw did he get hurt against Georgia? We don’t have any injuries.