New placekicker emerges during 'sloppy' scrimmage at Williams-Brice

New placekicker emerges during 'sloppy' scrimmage at Williams-Brice

By Jeff Owens/Photo by Juan Blas

Freshman Parker White hit a game-winning field goal Saturday to cap what Will Muschamp called a "sloppy" scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium. 

White's field goal capped the 17th practice of training camp and created some unexpected competition for the placekicker job. Redshirt freshman Alex Woznick had been working as the first-team kicker, but Muschamp said Saturday that White's performance has opened the job up.

"Parker has kind of come out of the woodworks," he said. "In Spring, we were sort of looking at him as far as a guy we felt like was going to be our kickoff guy, and certainly he has done a nice job in camp. … We are definitely in competition."

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White, a true freshman from Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, hit a 53-yard field goal to cap a one-minute drive by the second team and backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia.

"A pressure field goal to win the game with one second left on the clock, and a nice one-minute drive by Michael Scarnecchia," Muschamp said.  "OrTre smith made a heck of a catch across the middle. We made a good decision as a staff to run the ball to eat the clock and get to one second, and Parker went out and hit one right down. We are definitely in competition." 

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While pleased with his team's effort, Muschamp called the scrimmage "sloppy" and said it still has some things to work on. The first and second teams each ran 50 plays, while the third team can about 45. 

"Just a little bit sloppy for me," he said. "I thought the first scrimmage was cleaner as far as our operation on both sides, communication and just little things we need to clean up. We have two weeks before the first game and we still have two great days to work on South Carolina."

The Gamecocks will hold an open scrimmage Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Fan Appreciation night at Williams-Brice, giving fans their first look at the team. 

"Expecing a huge crowd in our stadium Monday night and it should be a lot of fun," Muschamp said. "We have a lot of work to do on South Carolina before we even turn to our first game. But decently pleased with the effort, just got to clean some things up."

INJURIES: Freshman DB Tayvan Jackson suffered a serious hamstring injury and could be out two to three weeks. The Gamecocks are already thin in the secondary with the loss of freshman Jaylin Dickerson for the season. S Steven Montac is recovering from a fractured foot but Muschamp said he hopes to have him ready for the first game. … WR Randrecous Davis is expected to return from groin and hamstring injuries next week. … Freshman WR Shi Smith tweaked his hamstring but is expected back Monday. … Backup RB C.J. Freeman, who is coming off an ACL injury, is still out with soreness. … LT Malik Young dinged his shoulder but should be back Monday. … S D.J. Smith suffered a stinger, but also should be back Monday. … DB Chris Smith is suffering from a painful hip injury and has not practiced. Muschamp said he would likely take a medical redshirt. 

NOTES: OL D.J. Park and DL Ulric Jones both graduated in May, and LB Skai Moore graduated Saturday. The Gamecocks have eight more players on track to graduate in December. 

 "That's 11 guys on our team that are graduating," Muschamp said. "That is an amazing and impressive stat. That's why they are here, they are here to get their education."