South Carolina exits spring game in good health

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Wes Mitchell

Priorities No. 1, 2, and 3 for a spring game are always to stay healthy and it appears South Carolina accomplished that goal in this year’s Garnet and Black spring game.

After dealing with the unthinkable last season — starting left tackle Jaylen Nichols suffered a knee injury that ultimately cost him his season — the Gamecocks came out of this year’s game in relatively good health, according to head coach Shane Beamer.

“Injury-wise, luckily, I feel like we got out of it fairly in pretty good shape,” Beamer said. “TJ Sanders rolled his ankle a little bit on the very first play of the game. Markee Anderson’s back locked up, something he’d been struggling with. He’s been beat up, whether it be thigh, or here in the last week or so, his back’s been bothering him. And literally the first rep of warm-ups and his back locked up and wasn’t able to go tonight. So we’ll get that checked out next week.

“But don’t think either one of those are anything long-term or significant. All of our other injured guys that have been out this spring or did not play tonight will be fine and good to go once we come back.”


Cornerback Judge Collier, offensive lineman Jakai Moore, wide receiver Debron Gatling, defensive back David Spaulding, and EDGE JT Geer were also held out of Saturday’s action, as were several others who were already deemed out for the spring.

Beamer previously indicated that running backs Rocket Sanders, Juju McDowell, and Bradley Dunn, linebacker Mo Kaba, wide receivers C.J. Adams, and defensive back Zahbari Sandy were out.

Sanders, the former All-SEC transfer from Arkansas, is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

McDowell suffered a collarbone injury a couple of weeks ago while diving for a pass in practice, while Dunn is dealing with an ankle injury.

Kaba is still recovering from knee surgery after suffering a torn ACL in the season opener last year.

Adams suffered what Beamer called “a little bit of a spring break injury” to his finger.

Sandy suffered a torn ACL in last week’s scrimmage.

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