Will Muschamp calls three marquee offensive players doubtful for Texas A&M game
The likelihood of playing this weekend appears to be dwindling for three offensive players from South Carolina. Coach Will Muschamp labeled running backs Tavien Feaster and AJ Turner, along with wide receiver OrTre Smith as “doubtful” for Saturday against Texas A&M during his Wednesday teleconference.
Feaster, who transferred from Clemson this past offseason, is dealing with a groin injury. He leads South Carolina with 625 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Turner started at running back in 2017, but he hasn’t accumulated any stats this season and currently has a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Smith is still recovering from knee surgery. He has eight catches for 64 yards and a touchdown this year.
However, Muschamp did say that everyone else is “good to go” against Texas A&M. Here’s what else the coach said during his teleconference:
- On Texas A&M: three-year starter at QB, he can hurt you with his legs, Ausmon and Davis at WR jump out to you… the DL is very active, long… a good, young football team. Only 2-3 seniors on this team.
- On Ryan Hilinksi: I think he has progressed well, done some good things. Been some tough times here and there, we have had to throw it 50 times a few times… we have got to play better around him.
- On Alabama and Georgia, thoughts on those two teams? You take Alabama, Tua is outstanding. The speed at WR, they have 4 guys that can really run… defensively, up front, Davis and Lewis are guys you have to deal with, and Jennings, they cover extremely well. Georgia, their OL is tough to matchup with, Bama has size to matchup with them. Swift is phenomenal, I think they are inexperienced at WR, they are dealing with those inconsistencies… they will continue to improve because of the youth they have. their defense is deep, they have talented guys, tough to run against… both really talented teams, no doubt about it.
- Thoughts on Chad Morris: Disappointed, I know Chad well. I was at Texas when he was at HS… the business we are in, you have to win now, but Chad is an outstanding coach and a good person.
- How good of a job is Arkansas? I think it’s a good — anytime you have a hard time filling your roster out of state. There are good players from Arkansas but there just aren’t as many. Texas A&M joining the SEC will help with that but you have to go into someone else’s backyard to fill their roster but from a recruiting aspect, it makes it tough.
- On Kellen Mond, is it similar to the dual-threat guys you have seen? There is some designed run scheme for him, but he does it more on 3rd down… he will take off on you when he sees defenders with their back to him, he can really hurt you.