COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's Brandon Shell had to leave practice Saturday in an ambulance, but the big freshman from Goose Creek said he was doing much better by Sunday afternoon. In fact, the offensive tackle expects to practice today.
Shell experienced symptoms of a heat-related illness following conditioning drills in the summer steam. He received IV treatment in a tent beside the practice fields and was taken to an area hospital, where he remained for a couple of hours until his condition started to improve.
"I've never been through anything like that," said Shell, 6-6 and 320 pounds. "It was kind of scary."
Coach Steve Spurrier said it was "a good lesson" for him about pushing newcomers -- especially larger ones -- too fast, too soon in the heat.
"We should have held them out, to tell you the truth, from that last run across the field," Spurrier said. "He's a big young man. He wasn't ready to run across the field that many times. Fortunately everything's fine now, but we're going to try to make sure we don't push the big guys like we do the little guys."
Shell's shoulder healthy
Shell said he's basically been given full clearance to practice and work out following surgery in March for a labrum tear.
Friday was the first day he was allowed to block and have contact in practice. Overhead lifts in the weight room are his only current restriction, he said.
"My shoulder's doing fine," Shell said. "I have a little soreness after practice, but it's not really a big deal."
Spurrier said when Shell signed that he could potentially play immediately at tackle. The shoulder did put him behind a bit, he admits, but he is still working to play this fall.
Reserve tackle Cody Gibson's knee sprain at least opens the door for Shell to get more reps in practice. Gibson, injured Friday, will be evaluated on a weekly basis, the school said Saturday.
Senior corner Akeem Auguste was wearing a protective boot over his left foot Sunday. He said he is not sure how long the sprain will sideline him, but he expects to at least return for the Sept. 3 opener against East Carolina.
Auguste said he hurt the foot doing conditioning drills a couple of weeks ago. When he injured it, he didn't stop running, only exacerbating the sprain. Auguste is moving back to corner from free safety this year, but he didn't seem concerned with the time missed in camp.