Gamecocks to run Wild(s) Saturday against Volunteers

South Carolina freshman running back Brandon Wilds will start for the Gamecocks in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

Wilds, a Blythewood native, gets the start after star sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore was sidelined for the remainder of the season with a ligament and cartilage damage in his left knee.

Lattimore suffered the injury while blocking during the fourth quarter of a 14-12 victory over Mississippi State on Oct. 15. Backup running back Kenny Miles also has been out with a wrist injury but is expected to be available for Saturday’s game.

Wilds had five carries in his last two games and 13 for the season. He began the season fifth on the USC depth chart and was under consideration for a redshirt season, but has worked his way into the starting job. He finished his prep career with 500 carries for 2,700 yards with 29 rushing scores in 33 games at Blythewood High.

“He’s been healthy all season and has been practicing more,” said Spurrier of Wilds at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “We think he’s a little bit better prepared to play than Kenny right now because of Kenny’s wrist.

“Kenny is K. Kenny practiced last night. Kenny should get a lot of playing time, depending on how it goes.”

USC running back Eric Baker, who suffered a sprained ankle against Vanderbilt, also is expected to see action.

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