Injuries, Suspension May Force Isaac Redshirt

Coach Spurrier spoke briefly with the media following practice on Tuesday night, and the big news of the day surrounded safety Brandon Isaac. USC announced earlier in the day that due to transcript issues, Isaac would have to sit out the first three games of the season.

"We heard on Isaac that there were some issues academically," Spurrier said. "Nothing was his fault." However, the suspension combined with Isaac's lingering hamstring problems could cause the coaching staff to choose to redshirt him. "Right now he's still got that hamstring, and there's a chance we may redshirt him, or we may play him later on in the year. We'll wait and see how it goes. There's a chance he may be back."

Without Isaac, the Gamecocks would feature a very young secondary, with freshmen like Emanuel Cook and Darian Stewart seeing significant playing time. However, Spurrier is not concerned about playing with such young players. "Some of them young guys may be our starters, regardless of who's here. They're pretty doggone good. We don't worry about who we don't have; we concern ourselves with who we have right now.

The offensive line continues to struggle, but again, Spurrier refuses to panic. "We're still struggling a little bit up front, but that's to be expected. Some of them [the young players] are doing some good things. Everybody struggles up front at times. Defensive guys are faster than offensive guys."

The Gamecocks will practice Wednesday morning, and scrimmage Wednesday night. Both will be closed to the public. "I wish we had some fans out here, but just too much information gets out about everything we do. It doesn't make sense to have people here. Unfortunately for the fans, that's just the way it is. We've got some referees coming. We'll try to get 75-80 plays."

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