South Carolina tailback Kevin Harris was talked up by the Gamecocks staff throughout spring ball in 2019.
He’ll enter the 2020 season as a starter.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced on his Carolina Calls radio show that the burly Georgia runner will start for the Gamecocks against Tennessee on Saturday. Deshaun Fenwick will be the backup with Zaquandre White healthy and ready to go as a reserve.
Muschamp also named his set of starters at the return positions. Jammie Robinson will return punts, while Shi Smith will handle kickoffs, with former quarterback Dakereon Joyner at the other kick return spot.
He added that the right tackle battle is still up in the air. The team knows Dylan Wonnum will start on the left side, but who is opposite him isn’t yet settled.
At 5-foot-10, 225 pounds, Harris is a bowling ball of a back. He played a little fullback last season and broke off 147 yards and three touchdowns on six carries against Charleston Southern last season. He finished the year with 179 yards on 21 carries, overcoming a torn groin ligament that sidelined him through the middle of the season.
Muschamp said he will not let slip the name any players out vs. Tennessee with COVID-19 or contact tracing, and players expected to be out will only be announced in the hours before the game with the traditional dress list.
That said, when asked Thursday, he said everyone is available.
Other injury updates:
▪ Center Trai Jones remains sidelined after ankle surgery.
▪ Freshman defensive tackle Alex Huntley will miss the opener with a sprained ankle but is expected to return for the Florida game.
▪ Linebacker Jahmar Brown is a game-time decision with a knee.
▪ Linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle is back from a torn ACL and backing up multiple positions.
Covers the South Carolina Gamecocks, primarily football, with a little basketball, baseball or whatever else comes up. Joined The State in 2015. Previously worked at Muncie Star Press and Greenwood Index-Journal. Picked up feature writing honors from the APSE, SCPA and IAPME at various points. A 2010 University of Wisconsin graduate.
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