Gamecocks hold fourth scrimmage

South Carolina returned to the practice fields Wednesday night for the first part of practice before moving over to Williams-Brice Stadium for a brief scrimmage. After the offense took a beating in the last scrimmage the defensive front was held back a little bit on Wednesday.

"Defense took some of their d-linemen out so it was a little easier to throw today and try and get some balls off," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "We did a few good things. Overall it was okay."

The focus of the scrimmage was to let the quarterbacks throw the ball, perhaps to get a better idea of who the starting quarterback will be next week in the season opener. If that was the case, we still don't know who it's going to be.

Three Gamecock quarterbacks went a combined 19-of-25 for 310 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Stephen Garcia was 9-for-13 with 116 yards and one touchdown, Connor Shaw was 8-of-9 for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Andrew Clifford was 2-for-3 with 74 yards passing. Garcia was sacked four times and Shaw appeared to be sacked twice, though Spurrier said he was only sacked once.

"The receivers caught everything," Spurrier said. "Lamar Scruggs got a TD and Byrd got another one."

Shaw hit Scruggs for the first touchdown of the scrimmage on a 37-yard pass. After Shon Carson ran for a 3-yard score, Garcia hit Byrd for a 38 yard touchdown pass. Jay Wooten closed out the scoring with a 44-yard field goal.

Spurrier didn't have a lot to say about Shaw following the scrimmage other than "He's done pretty well." He didn't have much more to say about Garcia.

"Stephen did a lot better today although he had a couple of errant mental errors that hopefully he can learn from," Spurrier said.

Running back Marcus Lattimore got his first two "official" scrimmage rushes, running the ball twice for 16 yards. Ace Sanders had two carries - both likely on reverses - for 29 yards to lead the rushing attack. Kenny Miles had two carries for seven yards, Carson had three carries for four yards, Brandon Wilds had one carry for three yards, and Eric Baker had one carry for one yard. It was the first time in the four scrimmages that Miles rushed for more yards than Carson.

D.L. Moore led the receivers with two catches for 67 yards, Scruggs had two for 61 yards and a touchdown, Byrd had two for 48 yards and a touchdown, and Justice Cunningham also caught two passes and finished with 21 yards. Ace Sanders, Alshon Jeffery, DeAngelo Smith, Nick Jones, Shamier Jeffery, Jason Barnes, Carson, Baker, Bruce Ellington, Dalton Wilson, and Miles all had one reception.

South Carolina will return to the practice field Thursday afternoon for a 4:15 practice.

Injury notes

- Akeem Auguste practiced for the first time on Wednesday, though it was unknown if he took any snaps during the scrimmage. Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward mentioned Monday night that Auguste had to return to practice Wednesday in order to start the East Carolina game.

- Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney did not practice Wednesday, still suffering from their injuries on Tuesday night. Assistant head coach Ellis Johnson and Spurrier both mentioned that Clowney has bone spurs in the injured foot that aggravates the injury. Ingram was seen walking off the field with a noticeable limp.Both are expected to return this weekend.


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