Will Muschamp recaps win over Arkansas, big day for defense

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp speaks after the Gamecocks' win over Arkansas.
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Gamecocks injury report more good than bad

By Ben Breiner

bbreiner@thestate.com

October 07, 2017 09:54 PM

Injuries have been a dominant storyline for South Carolina’s football team this year.

But the news the Gamecocks received Saturday night was of the good variety.

USC was already down its top playmaker, a versatile defender and a trio of offensive linemen. Things could have gotten worse, as linebacker Sherrod Greene was knocked out for a stretch and came back with a brace on his arm, and tackle Dennis Daley missed the end of the game after walking off gingerly.

But not to fear.

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“I think we’re fine,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “K.C. (Crosby) had the ankle. I don’t have a report on that.

“But, (trainer) Clint (Haggard), I asked him coming in here, I said, ‘We ok?’ He said, ‘Got to look at K.C.’s ankle, that’s all I know.”

Crosby was on crutches after the game.

Muschamp said Daley only had a cramp.

USC also got a few guys back from injury, ones that played notable roles. Reserve safety Steven Montac, who missed most of the season thus far, had a big hit to break up a third-down pass and nearly scored on a fumble recovery. Defensive end Dante Sawyer had two tackles for loss and a sack after missing the Louisiana Tech game and being limited against Texas A&M.

Muschamp said tailback Rico Dowdle was at healthy as he’s been since the season opener. He averaged 5.5 yards a carry on the way to 61 yards.