COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Will Muschamp believes the Gamecocks improved enough during the spring that things will only get better once two injured playmakers - receiver Deebo Samuel and linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams - are back at full speed this fall.
Muschamp's team held its annual Garnet and Black game Saturday. The next time the Gamecocks will play in front of the home fans will be Sept. 1 in the opener against Coastal Carolina. By then, South Carolina should have dynamic leaders such as the speedy Samuel and the vocal, enthusiastic Allen-Williams.
Muschamp said OrTre Smith and Shi Smith took steps forward picking up Samuel's reps during spring. Danny Fennell filled in capably at Allen-Williams' spot, the coach said.