South Carolina has a chance to pull off a major U-turn on what has been a disappointing 2014 season with a win over No. 5 Auburn Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but it appears the Gamecocks must do so without two defensive contributors.
Senior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt suffered a pulled hamstring during yesterday’s 41-1o over Furman and will likely miss his chance to defend Nick Marshall and company.
“He’s probably doubtful to get back this week,” Steve Spurrier told AL.com in a Sunday evening teleconference. “J.T., one of our senior captains, we’ll miss him in there. Hopefully some of the other guys can fill in admirably.”
Additionally, back-up weak-side linebacker Jonathan Walton suffered a mild concussion Saturday and is doubtful this week.
Surratt has 14 tackles and a sack this season, while Walton has collected 21 tackles and a fumble recovery.
South Carolina has the SEC’s 12th-ranked total defense, ranks 13th in scoring defense and is dead last in yards per play allowed (6.21), while Auburn ranks third in the conference in scoring and fourth in both total offense and yards per play.
Tight end Rory Anderson is also questionable after injuring his triceps on Saturday, but Spurrier hopes to get him back on the practice field this week. Anderson has 18 grabs for 204 yards and a touchdown on the year.
Auburn and South Carolina will meet at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.
The John Mackey Award released its 33-name midseason Watch List on Monday and, considering the state of the position in college football, this may very well be the only 33 names that meet its criteria.
We all remember the Jace Amaro fiasco last year, where the Texas Tech tight end was first deemed not eligible for the award, then granted eligibility, only to be snubbed from the finalist list despite ranking sixth nationally with 106 catches, while North Carolina’s Eric Ebron ranked second among tight ends at 62. Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins took home the 2013 trophy.
Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne leads all tight ends with 29 catches for 282 yards and one touchdown. He ranks 78th nationally among all pass-catchers, and stands as the only tight end in the top 100.
Here is the full list, presented in alphabetical order:
– Rory Anderson – South Carolina
– Kennard Backman – UAB
– E.J. Bibbs – Iowa State
– Gerald Christian – Louisville
– Evan Engram – Ole Miss
– Billy Freeman – San Jose State
– David Grinnage – N.C. State
– Connor Hamlett – Oregon State
– Mitchell Henry – Western Kentucky
– Jeff Heuerman – Ohio State
– Bucky Hodges – Virginia Tech
– Austin Hooper – Stanford
– O.J. Howard – Alabama
– Jesse James – Penn State
– Malcolm Johnson – Missisippi State
– Ben Koyack – Notre Dame
– Tyler Kroft – Rutgers
– Jimmay Mundine – Kansas
– Nick O’Leary – Florida State
– Casey Pierce – Kent State
– Joel Ruiz – Georgia State
– Tyreese Russell – Eastern Michigan
– Wes Saxton – South Alabama
– Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
– Jean Sifrin – Massachusetts
– Justin Sinz – Purdue
– Jonnu Smith – Florida International
– Randall Telfer – USC
– Eric Tomlinson – UTEP
– C.J. Uzomah – Auburn
– Clive Walford – Miami (Fla.)
– Alex Welch – Miami (Ohio)
– Maxx Williams – Minnesota
Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 17, finalists a week after that, and the winner will be revealed at ESPN’s college football awards show on Dec. 11.
South Carolina tight end Rory Anderson suffered a torn triceps during a scrimmage Saturday. The injury will reportedly force Anderson to miss the remainder of the spring practice at South Carolina next week.
As described by The Post and Courier, Anderson performed well in the scrimmage before having to cut his day short due to injury. Anderson recorded a 52-yard touchdown catch, which turned out to be his final play of the spring.
“He was stiff-arming a guy, and pulled it or something,” head coach Steve Spurrier said. “Hopefully that can be repaired by the time August gets here.”
At this time there is no timetable for a recovery for Anderson. The severity of the injury still must be determined before any estimates can be made. If the tear is sever enough, Anderson could realistically miss some playing time during the 2014 season.
“If it’s torn off the muscle, then they would have to go in there and repair it,” Spurrier said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go by next year.”
On the bright side, Spurrier seems pleased with his stable of tight ends this spring.
“The tight ends caught everything,” Spurrier said in a statement commenting on Saturday’s scrimmage. “Jacob August likes to play. He can catch the ball very well. He’s doing very well. (Kelvin) Rainey and Jerell (Adams) also some good plays in there.”
Last season Anderson recorded 235 receiving yards on 17 receptions.