Defensive lineman Melvin Ingram didn't practice Monday night, but expects to be back at practice today and to be ready to go when South Carolina takes on Mississippi State on Saturday.

Ingram injured his ankle against Auburn two weeks ago and did not practice last week. He spent most of last week in a walking boot on his left foot. Ingram was in for less than a dozen snaps on Saturday against Kentucky and recorded one tackle.

"I didn't practice (Monday), but I should be back (today)," he said. "I'll be 100 percent by Saturday. I had a little pain against Kentucky, but it wasn't anything unbearable. I feel like I won't have any pain by Saturday."

Ingram was added to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. The award goes to the nation's top defensive player. Ingram has 27 tackles with 7 1/2 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He has also scored three touchdowns.

Allen on secondary

Going into the game with Kentucky, spur Antonio Allen had been averaging nearly 10 tackles a game.

He had just one against the Wildcats. For the season, Allen has 50 total stops, which is 20 more than any other Gamecock player.

"I just think (Kentucky) game-planned against me, they probably couldn't get the edge on me and were running away from me," Allen said.

Allen doesn't expect the same strategy this week from Mississippi State. "They won't be scared."

Allen, who has scored two defensive touchdowns, was also added to the Bednarik award watch list.

Quarterback controversy

Much like South Carolina, Mississippi State has its own issues at quarterback. For the first time all season, there was an "or" between the names of quarterbacks Chris Relf and Tyler Russell.

Relf, the starter against UAB, was 6 of 10 for 46 yards as the Bulldogs led just 3-0 at halftime.

Russell, a sophomore, came in during the second half and rallied the Bulldogs, completing 11 of 13 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

Head coach Dan Mullen was noncommittal during his Monday press conference on who might start at quarterback Saturday against USC.

"We'll see how practice plays out during the week, get everybody reps, and whoever gives us the best chance to win we'll go play with them," Mullen said. "Kind of like we do every week."

Shaw earns SEC award

Connor Shaw was named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week. Making just his second career start, Shaw nearly surpassed his career totals in just about every passing category, as he completed 26 of 29 passes for 311 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against Kentucky. He also rushed 15 times for 42 yards. Shaw became the first Gamecocks quarterback since 2006 to throw four touchdown passes in a game.