The South Carolina Gamecocks already lost starting quarterback Connor Shaw to an injury today, and now ESPN’s Andre Adelson is tweeting that South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds is out for the remainder of the game with a left elbow sprain. Injury was added insult in this case, because Wilds sprained his elbow on a fumble, but I guess that excuses the fact that he fumbled in the first place.
Wilds leaves the game with 31 rushing yards on five carries to his credit for an average of 6.2 yards per carry, so Mike Davis (17 carries for 131 yards and two TDs) will shoulder an even bigger load as South Carolina looks to kill the clock in the fourth quarter with a lead over the UCF Knights. Sophomore RB Shon Carson has just one carry for zero yards today, so expect him to get a couple of more looks here in the fourth.
The extent of Wilds’s sprain is unknown, but we can only hope that South Carolina won’t miss any games from its great No. 2 back going forward. South Carolina’s ability to run the football is a big reason why the Gamecocks have pulled away from UCF, as they are averaging over six yards on the ground, with Davis’s ridiculous 7.7 YPC being at the forefront of the effort. UCF’s Storm Johnson is taking the Knights full load with 17 carries for 68 yards to his name today.