By Jeff Owens
South Carolina flashed a diverse and deep offense Friday as the media got their first look at 11-on11 drills in advance of Saturday's full scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks held their 10th practice of training camp at the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice facility. The media was allowed to watch 11-on-11 drills for the first time during an extended open session.
The Gamecocks will hold their first scrimmage of training camp at the stadium Saturday at 3 p.m. The session is closed to the media and public, but head coach Will Muschamp is scheduled to address the media following the scrimmage.
Friday's session featured the first- and second-team offense running plays against a backup defense.
Starting quarterback Jake Bentley spent most of the session throwing bubble screens to wide receivers Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and true freshman Shi Smith. He also ran some shuffle passes to tight ends Hayden Hurst, K.C. Crosby and Jacob August.
Running back Ty'Son Williams, a transfer from North Carolina who had to sit out last season, got some time with the first team, catching a screen pass from Bentley. Williams is expected to split time with returning starters Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner.
Another significant development had junior college transfer Dennis Daley working with the first team at left tackle. Daley is competing for the starting spot with junior Malik Young, who started at right tackle last season. Donell Stanley, Alan Knott, Cory Helms and Zack Bailey made up the rest of the first-unit offensive line.
Backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia ran the second-team offense, tossing screens to running back Mon Denson, freshmen wide receivers Chad Terrell and Smith and running shuffle passes to tight ends Kiel Pollard and Will Register.
Training camp runs through Friday, Sept. 1 before the season-opening game against N.C. State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The August 21 practice will be held at 7:30 p.m. Williams-Brice Stadium and will be open to the public as Fan Appreciation Night.