Day Three Shrine Bowl Notebook

SPARTANBURG - More news and notes from the practice fields.

Dress For Success: On a very cold, windy day, players were scrambling to get as much skin covered as possible. With his parents coming to see him tomorrow, Hakeem Nicks plans to request a few layers of clothing for practice the rest of the week. Perhaps he could borrow from teammate Devven Sutton, who appears to be the most ready for the cold weather, with a full face Balaclava, essentially a full face warmer that allows him to see the field.

"Nose, lips, face, it feels scrumptious," Sutton said, though he added that he did not need anything for his legs. "I've got a lot of meat on my legs, and they are usually moving so they are pretty warm."

Not everyone came ready for the cold. South Carolina running back Chris Massey went with a make-shift version of Sutton's face warmer by wrapping a t-shirt around his face and leaving only two inches of skin open to the harsh wind, for his eyes. It apparently worked as Massey has started to come on to push hard for a starting job.


The Replacements: With the injuries that have hit both the South Carolina and North Carolina rosters, both coaching staffs are having to bring in alternates to fill voids.

Before the week started, Kendric Burney was called in to replace Tavorris Jolly, who was injured Saturday in the NCHSAA 2A State Championship Game. Johnny White, who also played Saturday, has found his high ankle sprain unbearable forcing the addition of Michael Angram, a 5-foot-8 157-pound tailback from East Flat Rock (N.C.) East Henderson.

"They called me yesterday [Tuesday] and I got here late last night," said Angram. "[They told me] to go along with the running backs and try to learn the plays. I'm excited to be here."

With Jake Johnson breaking his foot, South Carolina called up linebacker Adam Jones from South Florence. The staff might have to make yet another roster addition as five-star defensive lineman Clifton Geathers sat out the second practice Wednesday with a sprained ankle.


Setting The Lineup: With three days of practice complete, the Sandlappers of South Carolina are starting to establish Saturday's starting lineup.

The offensive line appears to encompass Garrett Anderson (left tackle), Otis Key (left guard), Brett Irvin (center), Du'Vall Young (right guard), and Jamal Medlin (right tackle).

On the other side of the trenches, Adam Patterson, James McLamore, and Clifton Geathers have seen time as "first teamers." However, with Geathers's injury keeping him on the mend, Chris Donaldson could fill in for the 6-foot-7 270-pound five-star recruit.

In the secondary, Prince Miller and Brian Bradford should be fixtures at cornerback, while Nickolas Prochack and Robert Reeder man the starting safety spots.


Keeping the Rotation: While some units on both rosters begin to settle in with its starters, there are quite a few areas that continue to rotate players in and out.

For North Carolina, the difference in talent level between players at defensive line, wide receiver, running back, and quarterback is so minute that the coaches are finding difficulty in designating starters.

Just like their cross border rivals, South Carolina is still figuring out their quarterback, running back, and wide receiver situations. The Sandlappers are also rotating their inside linebackers in an effort to field the best run stoppers come Saturday. Top Stories