Wallace fractures collarbone, out 5-6 weeks

The Gamecocks went through another light workout in shorts and shoulder pads on Tuesday night, gearing up for their second two-a-day of the fall on Wednesday. Weather-wise, it was perhaps the nicest night for practice thus far. Unfortunately, that was dampened when the Gamecocks received their first serious injury news of the fall. Read inside for a full report from Tuesday night's workout.


Unfortunately, Steve Spurrier received the first bad news of fall camp on Tuesday. Junior running back Bobby Wallace, who injured his shoulder Monday night, will be out at least a month with a cracked shoulder blade.

"They say he landed on his shoulder," Spurrier said. "He's got a little fracture in the clavicle that will take about 5-6 weeks [to heal]. He should be ready by then, and hopefully we'll keep the other running backs healthy. If one of them gets nicked up, Bobby will be ready by the third game, I hope."

The injury could open the door for true freshman Brian Maddox, but Spurrier stopped short of saying Maddox will play.

"We'll just have to wait and see if somebody else gets hurt," he said. "Brian is doing well. He can play if we had to go play with him. He's about ready to play."

A reporter, perhaps expressing his own feelings about the tedium of fall camp, asked Spurrier if he is worried about the players losing focus and succumbing to the grind of daily practice. Spurrier remained unconcerned, saying that the coaches make a point to have some variety for the players.

"We try to make it as much fun as we can," he said. "We've only had [one] two-a-day, so we haven't worn them out too much. We've had a lot of good meeting time. Some guys learn a little quicker than others. We're about on schedule for whatever we will be."


Ingram Impressing Early

The freshmen along the defensive line have garnered most of the headlines during fall practice, but linebacker Melvin Ingram has quietly caught the coaches' attention. The soft-spoken freshman cuts an imposing figure, at 6' 2" 250 pounds, but he learned a quick lesson about intensity at the college level.

Early in camp, Ingram squared up to tackle running back Cory Boyd, but the bruising senior ran over him "like a bus." Ingram quickly learned he has to play faster and stronger to survive, and he has done just that, following the lead of the Brinkley twins, whom he will back up.

"It's a whole lot faster," he said. "My mentality is to play hard, give 100%, and if I play hard enough the coaches are going to recognize it, and I will play. I just use my football mentality and get to the ball."

Ingram will be asked to use that mentality on special teams this fall. Few players look forward to covering kicks, but Ingram seemed more excited to talk about his work on kick returns and kick coverage than in the base defense.

"I expect to do whatever the coaches need me to do," he said, "and fill wherever the coaches need me to fill."

For a newcomer still digesting the playbook, special teams offers a chance to just go out and hit someone. There is much more to think about when you have to consider running lanes and coverage responsibilities.

"You've got to think sometimes," Ingram explained. "You can't just rely on your ability. You've got to know your assignment. All eleven people have got to know their assignment."

Ingram saw a lot of action in the scrimmage last weekend. He played well, but said he still needs to improve one thing.

"I didn't do the best I could do," he said, "but I did okay. [I need to improve] my hustle and effort, just run to the ball no matter where it's at."


Notes:

- Jordin Lindsey has still not received word on his eligibility. "He's still in discussion," according to Spurrier.

- Aside from Wallace, the injury news was good Tuesday night. Taylor Rank (shoulder sprain), Jim Hutton (shoulder sprain), Jeremy Burgess (concussion) all practiced, but were no contact. Jamire Williams (hamstring) returned to practice. Dustin Lindsey has been doing light running as he rehabs his knee injury.

- Spurrier confirmed details about the scrimmage Saturday that will be open to the public. "We'll start practice at 4 and try to kickoff and play a little bit starting around 5," he said. The scrimmage will again feature back up players.


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