South Carolina knew that freshman Damiere Byrd would be eligible to play October 1st against the Auburn Tigers.
Byrd received a four-game suspension by the NCAA due to him receiving some impermissable benefits related to his relationship with the S.A.M. Foundation. The foundation helped inner-city youth with support towards academic and athletic pursuits towards college. This is the same issue that caused Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to miss two games earlier this season.
This week was the start of prepartions for Byrd to make his appearance for South Carolina. Everyone was excited to see what this talented freshman could do on the football field.
What they didn't know was that they would have another issue come up on Thursday that put his eligibility in question.
Coach Steve Spurrier brought up on his call-in-show Thursday night that an issue came up and was reported to the NCAA. It was believed that this was related to an individual he was involved with during his high school track career.
Luckily for South Carolina word came late Friday afternoon that deemed Damiere Byrd eligible to play this weekend. South Carolina expects him to play and he'll have a chance to make a big impact. He's a smaller, shifty wide receiver with incredible speed. He's got great hands and is pretty strong considering his 5'9" and 160 pound frame. There's a chance he could help with special teams this weekend as well.
The timing couldn't come better as this Auburn defense is giving up 251 yards per game passing and a speed demon like Damiere Byrd could do some damage.
Just what the doctor ordered.