COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senior safety D.J. Smith is working to get back on the field for the South Carolina football team’s game against Florida.
Against Georgia on Saturday, Smith exited after suffering a hip injury. He returned to the game, finishing the afternoon with 6 total tackles.
“When he cut me, he hit me directly on my hip,” Smith said. “From that, the impact from the ground, it gave me a hip pointer, a hip contusion. I went back to the locker room, they gave me a little shot, I came back into the game.
“Right now, I’m working to get back to 100 percent, but I’m fine. Overall, I’ll be good. I think I’m playing this week, Saturday.”
Smith, who didn’t practice on Tuesday, is confident he’ll be ready to suit up on Saturday at noon.
“In my mind, I’m playing,” he said. “In my mind, I should suit up.”
For the season, Smith has 41 tackles and 3 pass breakups. He’s started in all nine games.
Smith led the Gamecocks with 80 tackles as a junior.
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