Spurrier sends message to ailing, confident Gamecocks

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier sent a loud and clear message to his ailing superstars following Monday night’s preseason scrimmage.

Noting that defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, running back Bruce Ellington and wide receiver Damiere Byrd were sidelined with injuries, and perhaps perturbed that the three players weren’t on the sidelines to support their teammates, Spurrier told reporters the trio might not suit up for the Aug. 29 season opener with North Carolina.

On Tuesday morning, Clowney (shoulder) and Byrd (hamstring) returned to practice this morning, along with defensive back Kyle Fleetwood (hamstring). Ellington was present but did not participate as the football squad worked out for a little over two hours at the Bluff Road practice fields.

“Jadeveon is doing fine. Bruce is doing fine. Damiere is doing fine. We had a communication problem,” Spurrier said. “They didn’t know they were supposed to be out here watching practice. Now they know they’re going to be out here watching practices. We had a communication problem and now we’re ready to go.”

Spurrier also seized the opportunity to sound a word of warning for any Gamecocks who might be taking the team’s No. 7 preseason ranking for granted. Clowney may be a contender for the Heisman Trophy, but it takes a team to win a title, he said.

“We’ve got one superstar and that’s it,” Spurrier noted. “Everybody knows who he is. But one superstar doesn’t win many championships, as we all know. Hopefully a bunch of guys can come around. I think our guys have got the message that we’ve got a long way to go.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to be back on the practice field again on Wednesday morning beginning at 8:15 a.m.

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