South Carolina football took to the practice field for its second spring practice on Monday.
Here are some observations from the first open practice for the media, which consisted of three periods:
**The Gamecocks went through an early “speedball” with the first-team offense against the first-team defense.
Offensively, South Carolina had a starting backfield of Jake Bentley and Rico Dowdle. Ty’Son Williams worked in with the first team. The rest of the starting offense was:
Wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Terry Googer
Tight ends Hayden Hurst and KC Crosby
Offensive linemen Malik Young, DJ Park, Alan Knott, Cory Helms and Zach Bailey, from left to right.
The defense came out in a nickel package with Skai Moore the linebacker not in the first unit.
The starting 11 from the unit was:
Defensive ends Dante Sawyer and DJ Wonnum (BUCK)
Defensive tackles Taylor Stallworth and Ulric Jones
Linebackers Bryson Allen-Williams and TJ Brunson
Defensive backs Chris Lammons, Jamarcus King, DJ Smith, Steven Montac and Antoine Wilder (nickel)
The second unit came out for a quick period after that, with Brandon McIlwain and Mon Denson in the backfield. Wide receivers Chavis Dawkins and Jerad Washington lined up wide with tight ends Jacob August and Kiel Pollard. The offensive line was Sadarius Hutcherson, Donell Stanley, Chandler Farrell, Trey Deroun and Blake Camper.
The second-team defensive line was ends Shameik Blackshear and Daniel Fennell at the BUCK, while defensive tackles Kobe Smith and Aaron Thompson lined up inside. Moore was in at linebacker.
The first-team specialists were long snapper Harrison Freeman, kicker Alex Woznick and holder Danny Gordon.
**The offense score on two long plays. Bentley beat King over the top for a touchdown in the front corner of the end zone to Samuel. King drew the ire of defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson for not getting around to make a play – he probably could have picked it off.
McIlwain found Washington long for a touchdown with the second team and that was that for the brief glimpse of football and non-drill work in the three periods the media saw.
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**AJ Turner was in yellow and in the non-practice area of the field. Bryan Edwards and OrTre Smith also are being held out of practice early this spring, although Smith did spend time fielding punts.
**McIlwain was in attendance at this morning’s practice, working as the second-team quarterback behind Bentley.
McIlwain is a “full-time” baseball player this spring and has been attending football meetings as his schedule allows it. This morning, the schedule must have allowed time for football practice.