Brent and Samuel Ready to Go

Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper did not practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury. With his status for Saturday uncertain, junior K.J. Brent and freshman Deebo Samuel will be next in line for WR duties.

Pharoh Cooper has been an influential part for the Gamecocks this season. He notched one touchdown in the opening game against Texas A&M and works well in special teams.

Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. noted at Wednesday’s practice Cooper was not on the field.

“Obviously he didn’t practice today,” said Spurrier Jr., “so we’ll see.” If Cooper is not able to play, K.J. Brent and Deebo Samuel are the other options at that receiver position, according to Spurrier Jr.

K.J. Brent is a junior who saw action at WR and on special teams the past two seasons. The North Carolina native played in 11 games last season, making a pair of catches for 13-yards.

The wide receiver saw action in all 13 games of 2012 as a redshirt freshman.

This season, Brent got his first touchdown of the year last Saturday in the game against East Carolina, connecting with senior quarterback Dylan Thompson on a 16-yard pass.

South Carolina native Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel played for Chapman High School in Inman, S.C. Samuel brings fresh legs to the field as a true-freshman. He notched 166 catches for 2,751-yards and 36 touchdowns during his high school career.

His nickname “Deebo” comes from the neighborhood bully character in the movie “Friday”. A Scout two-star, the Palmetto State native chose South Carolina over Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and East Carolina.

Keep an eye out for these two athletes at Saturday’s match-up.


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