Gamecock Tuesday Practice Report: Sutton/Clowney "Day-to-Day"
We all know about Jadeveon Clowney's foot woes over the course of his career.
Just recently, it was announced that Clowney would have have surgery after the offseason to relieve the bone spurs that have bothered him since he was in high school.
Clowney isn't the only Gamecock defensive suffering from a foot injury.
Senior defensive end Chaz Sutton is also hurting with a foot ailment and Sutton and Clowney are officially listed "day-to-day" for practicing the rest of the season due to foot injuries.
Defensive coordinator spoke about both players Tuesday night after practice.
“We’ve had a lot of foot injuries this year, more than normal,” Ward said Tuesday. "You always want to build a continuity having the same 11 guys that are starters playing. But it’s something you have to deal with.”
Ward mentions building continuity for his players starting each week and letting both Sutton and Clowney rest during the week will give them ample time to be ready for each weekend's game. Obviously, they will miss the opportunity to compete during the week and miss the opportunity to get better. But these are veteran players who can serve a greater purpose on the field each Saturday.
They will still be out at practice each day participating in individual drills but just won't take part in other drills.
Tuesday Practice Nuggets:
-- Linebacker Cedrick Cooper is expected to be ready to play against Central Florida. He also may appear in a new position. "Cedrick will be ready," according to Coach Ward. "I think we might move him to Mike linebacker. We probably need help there. We need to get more physical at that spot. We figure we need to get more productive at the Mike linebacker spot so we’re going to try different guys." Cooper could certainly be the physical presence lacking in the linebacker group and his return to the field widely be welcomed with open arms.
-- Jonathan Walton hurt his shoulder early in the Vanderbilt game and is being held out of practice now to recover.
-- Coach Botkin said freshman Skai Moore is doing pretty good for a freshman. He does want him to add more weight but said he's doing well.
-- Botkin was non-committal in regards to the starting position for both Marcquis Roberts and Kaiwan Lewis. He said that you never know and that's it a day by day deal. He tells players if you can beat them out at practice then beat them out at practice. He said what you do at practice determines whether you play.