Sound Off: Checking in on South Carolina’s injury situation, dissecting the schedule

South Carolina is less than two weeks away from its 2017 season opener in Charlotte, N.C. SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan is joined by Mike Chapman to highlight some of the injury concerns for the Gamecocks before the start of the 2017 season in this edition of Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Sound Off: Secondary limps toward Charlotte

After the second intrasquad scrimmage of the month, coach Will Muschamp met with reporters  Saturday to share how the Gamecocks looked. While it wasn’t as clean as the first one, there’s still a couple of weeks to get some of the wrinkles ironed out of an offense that could be among the best in the SEC. (:15)

Muschamp updated the status of several players, including injury updates on a pair of defensive backs. Both players are going to be counted on as contributors in Year 2 under Muschamp: Steven Montac, a junior who can play cornerback, safety or nickel back, and freshman cornerback Tavyn Jackson. ( 1:25)

The first two wide receivers in the Gamecocks rotation are set with redshirt junior Deebo Samuel and sophomore Bryan Edwards. Beyond that duo, there’s redshirt junior Terry Googer and a pair of freshmen: OrTre Smith and Shi Smith. Is there anyone else who can contribute in the passing game this fall? A couple of tight ends come to mind. ( 3:05)

Redshirt freshman Alex Woznick has some competition for the starting placekicker job. Is Parker White, another redshirt freshman, really in the mix? Muschamp isn’t ready to settle on that decision. ( 4:55)

A trio of sophomores will be asked to carry the load for South Carolina at running back: Rico Dowdle, last season’s leading rusher, A.J. Turner, who was second, plus North Carolina transfer Ty’Son Williams. ( 6:25)

Are there any new developments along the offensive line? Nothing major, outside of the injury that’s limited Malik Young, the favorite to start at left tackle against North Carolina State. ( 7:48)

Picking up where they left off last week, Hale and Mike take a final look at the Gamecocks schedule, which includes a trip to College Station for a rematch against Texas A&M. ( 8:45)

After last season’s upset in Columbia, South Carolina heads up to Rocky Top for the annual SEC East showdown with Tennessee. ( 11:30)

All games can be categorized as must-wins, but a homecoming date with Vanderbilt is a game South Carolina cannot lose, especially around the midway point of the season. ( 12:55)

Georgia, late in the season? Steve Spurrier’s joke doesn’t apply any longer, does it? ( 13:32)

With consecutive games against in-state opponents to close the season, South Carolina better not look ahead on the schedule to Clemson. ( 17:10)

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