As the South Carolina Gamecocks get ready for their upcoming postseason appearance in the Capital One Bowl where they will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers on New Years Day, they’ve received some news that they did not want at all.
One of their top targets on offense, wide receiver Damiere Byrd, will not play in the game in a little over a week after suffering a knee injury in practice, according to Kevin McGuire over at College Football Talk.
It’s also noted in the report that Byrd will undergo arthroscopic surgery on the injury within the next few days and the school hopes that he’ll be near 100% in time for spring practices to begin preparation for the 2014 campaign.
This season, Byrd caught 33 passes for 575 yards and scored four touchdowns. He was a very good outlet option for quarterback Connor Shaw and could definitely had done some damage against what really isn’t a battle-tested Wisconsin secondary.
With the loss of Byrd now, things may get a little easier for the Wisconsin defense as more pressure will now be put on the South Carolina run game to perform. The Badgers have been one of the best this season is slowing down some pretty decent run games when they need to.