Several South Carolina players were held out of the Gamecocks’ first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday due to injury, head coach Shane Beamer told reporters.
The group included linebacker Sherrod Greene, defensive end Jordan Burch, running backs MarShawn Lloyd and Christian Beal-Smith, and receivers Josh Vann, Corey Rucker and Landon Samson. Beamer said none of the injuries are serious or expected to be long term.
Beal-Smith and Lloyd were both absent from practice on Friday during the portion open to reporters. Beamer said they both dealing with “foot/ankle” tweaks. The nature of the other injuries was not revealed.
Beal-Smith and Lloyd are expected to compete for the starting running backs job, should they be healthy.
Beal-Smith came to South Carolina after leading Wake Forest in rushing each of the last two seasons — including while splitting the backfield with All-American Kenneth Walker III. Lloyd was a top-65 recruit coming out of high school, who missed his first season in Columbia due to a torn ACL.
Beamer added that Burch has been limited and held out at times in practice as a precaution. If Saturday had been an actual game, Beamer said Burch likely would’ve been able to play.