COLUMBIA -- Despite sources continuing to indicate the contrary, South Carolina receiver Tori Gurley repeatedly insisted Friday that he hasn't made a decision regarding his future.
"I'm not leaning toward anything right now," Gurley said after the Gamecocks' morning practice session.
Gurley is one of three Gamecocks, along with guard Rokevious Watkins and safety Akeem Auguste, who entered their paperwork to the NFL's Draft Advisory Board.
"I just wanted to get a scout's evaluation," said Gurley, a 6-5, 23-year-old redshirt sophomore. "I'm waiting on my grade to get back. As of right now, I'm doing everything it takes to win this game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl."
Some analysts have projected Gurley as a mid-to-late-round pick, at best. This is expected to be a particularly strong class for receivers.
"I'm not worried about it at all," he said. "I'm just focused on this game on the 31st."
As he says every year, head coach Steve Spurrier's position is that players should stay in school if they're not projected as first-round selections.
"I understand his philosophy," Gurley said. "We're just waiting on my grade and we're going to build from there."
Starting left guard Garrett Chisolm has a knee injury that might keep him out the bowl game, Spurrier revealed Friday.
Spurrier told reporters in Spartanburg about the injury, speaking with them after the Shrine Bowl luncheon. Sources in Columbia confirmed the injury for the West Ashley native who emerged this season as, arguably, USC's most consistent lineman.
The severity wasn't known, as of Friday afternoon.
Mangus coaching talk
Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus all but laughed off a report that linked him to the Temple head coaching job. The report was in a Philadelphia newspaper Thursday.
"That never would've come up if I hadn't coached up there," Mangus said. "I've got ties to that area and all that. I guess that's just natural. I'm getting ready for Florida State."
Mangus coached at two Philadelphia-area Division III colleges, Ursinus and Delaware Valley. He was the head coach at the latter.
The Gamecocks will not have any academic casualties for the bowl, a source said Friday. A couple of players were on the fence, but they have been cleared. … South Carolina will hold practices today and Sunday, but there will be no media availability. The Gamecocks plan to practice each day until Wednesday, breaking then for a Christmas respite.
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