South Carolina overcoming defensive injuries
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:24:29 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- All of the foot injuries that have hit No. 12 South Carolina has made it difficult at times for defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward to prepare for undefeated UCF.
Both defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Chaz Sutton are coping with foot problems, meaning Ward and his assistants have to balance practice with rest -- likely for the remainder of the season.
The two defensive lineman spent much of South Carolina's bye week getting treatment and not irritating their injuries so they'll be full speed when the Gamecocks (2-1) take on the Knights (3-0) on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
South Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams says Clowney and Sutton didn't have any setbacks this week and will be in the lineup at UCF.
Adams also points out it will take more than Clowney and Sutton to slow down UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and a Knights' offensive attack that is scoring more than 30 points a game and is fresh off a 34-31 upset of Penn State.
"It's important for all of them to play well, not just those two guys," said Adams. "He's a veteran quarterback. They have a veteran front. They'll give us their best. I've been up against those guys a number of times. I know how hard they play and know what type of atmosphere will be down there. It will be a big challenge for us."
South Carolina and Central Florida kick off at noon on Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)