Ellington held out with slight hamstring injury
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington was held out of practice Wednesday night with a slight hamstring injury.
Ellington is second on the team with 464 all-purpose yards. The former Berkeley High School star is fourth on the team with 12 receptions for 129 yards.
Junior wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said he didn't think Ellington's injury was serious.
"I think he tweaked his hamstring," Jeffery said. "He should be ready for Saturday."
Ellington was not made available to the media after practice.
Ellington, who has played quarterback in the Gamecocks' wildcat formation, is coming off his most productive game against Mississippi State. Against the Bulldogs, Ellington completed two of three passes for 24 yards; ran four times for 25 yards and had four receptions for 32 yards. He also returned a kickoff for 17 yards.
Quarles getting fatherly advice
South Carolina freshman defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles figures he's got the inside scoop on offensive linemen.
His father, Buddy Quarles was an offensive lineman for the Gamecocks from 1984-87. The elder Quarles has schooled his son on all the tricks an offensive linemen will try and use to gain the upper hand.
"He's the first guy I talk to after every game," Quarles said. "He's very supportive of me. I thank God that my dad played college ball, because he's told me things that I need to know to get used to playing at this level. He tells me things that I don't think I should know, but I do because he was an offensive lineman. I'm just glad he's there for me.
"He tells me to look at their hands when they're down on the ground and to watch their eyes and see if their feet are at a certain angle. If they are down in a three-point stance or a two-point stance and timing the snap count and finding the ball as quickly as you can."
The former Greenwood High School star has gotten more playing time as the season has progressed. Quarles has 13 tackles and four quarterback pressures on the season.
"It took me a while to get used to everything," Quarles said. "I felt like after the Georgia game, I made a couple of plays and I was getting used to this game. It's football whereever you go, and that's the mindset I needed to have. I was kind of nervous at first to play the way I had played in high school. I went back to being that physical person I used to be in high school and going out and making plays. It takes everyone a little while to get used to playing at the college level."
Quarles, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury recently, said he's healthy again.
"Everything is OK now," Quarles said. "I feel fine now. I'm just ready to get up to Tennessee and play."
Chaney impressed by USC defensive line
After facing Alabama and LSU the past two weeks, Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has been impressed with the Gamecocks' defensive line.
"I think they are very good," Chaney said. "They are long, they are unorthodox. The coaches keep them moving a lot. They are hard to fit on. You might feel like you have them and then they slide off of you. They are different than the previous two opponents who were just downhill and heavy-fit guys.
"These guys are athletic, moving a lot and hard to get a fit on. They are tough. You think you have a hole and all of a sudden it will close real quick because of their team speed. They are good, they understand their system and they play hard."
Vols expect Gamecocks to run
Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox doesn't believe the Gamecocks will abandon the run just because of the loss of running back Marcus Lattimore.
"They have some talented backs that backed (Lattimore) up and have some speed back there, and have some guys with some power," Wilcox said. "They may come out and throw it 40 times and use the quarterback as a running tool as well. So, you really don't know because we haven't seen them enough on tape to have an idea. You have to prepare for what they have done and what they have shown and make your best judgements on what you think they are going to do."
With two weeks to prepare, Wilcox thinks the Gamecocks will have added a few new wrinkles to their offensive scheme.
"They've got some funky formations," Wilcox said. "Coach (Steve) Spurrier has a very creative style and I will assume we will see some of that. They are going to run inside zone and outside zone. How much of it, we don't know yet. You make yours best judgements on what you think their strengths."