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Oct. 30, 2014

The South Carolina Gamecocks spent Thursday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields.

The Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday, November 1. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

Following Thursday’s practice, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said that linebacker Skai Moore (ankle sprain) and safety Kadetrix Marcus (shoulder sprain) would not play on Saturday due to injuries. Sophomore Jonathan Walton is slated to start at the Will linebacker position, with T.J. Holloman backing him up. Marcquis Roberts and Kaiwan Lewis are running 1-2 at the Mike linebacker spot.

Ward has a good sense of which quarterback Tennessee will play on Saturday. “We’ll see the running quarterback,” said Ward. “We’ll see Dobbs, there’s no question. He did a good job against Alabama moving the football. They had their most production when he was in the ballgame. So there’s no question who we’re going to see.”

Saturday could see the return of freshman safety D.J. Smith. “D.J. will play this game,” said Ward. “We really harped on D.J. to learn your assignment and making sure he could handle all the movement. He’s done a good job in practice, so he’ll play.” Ward said that T.J. Gurley and Chris Moody remained the starters at safety.