South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has been a busy man as the Gamecocks prepare for Monday's Capital One Bowl against Nebraska.
With right guard Terrence Campbell likely out for the game because of a broken right leg, Elliott had to prepare right tackle Rokevious Watkins to move to right guard. But Elliott isn't concerned about how Watkins will play because he started 13 of 14 games at right guard last year.
"The last couple weeks, we've been putting him in there at right guard quite a bit," Elliott said. "(Saturday), he played both tackle positions and also guard. He's comfortable doing it."
The plan is for Kyle Nunn to start at left tackle, but he hasn't played since the fourth game -- a span of more than three months. Elliott likes what he has seen from Nunn in practice and believes he is completely healthy after dealing with a back injury and blood clot in his leg.
"I think Kyle can play four quarters," Elliott said. "We're going to find out. He's moving around pretty well. Conditioning seems to be in order. I think he's ready to go."
If Nunn has to come off the field, Watkins would return to left tackle and reserve Ronald Patrick would play right guard, Elliott said.
"Ronald Patrick played well against Clemson," Elliott said. "He's been injured during the bowl prep to some extent, so he's just overcome that and getting back to 100 percent."
Miles will play -- somewhere
USC coach Steve Spurrier has said a scholarship would be available for tailback Kenny Miles if he decides to return for his fifth-year senior season. Whether Miles wants to come back remains uncertain.
But Miles did make it clear Saturday that he will play football somewhere next season. He graduated last month and participated in USC's Senior Night ceremonies. NCAA rules allow a player who has already graduated to transfer for his final season without having to sit out. "I have another year left, so I definitely want to play," he said. "I'm a football player. I want to play somewhere."
Miles said he isn't thinking about next season and won't until after the bowl. He will start the bowl game. True freshman had started all five games since was knocked out for the year with a knee injury.
Miles said what happens in the bowl game won't factor in to his decision, and that potential playing time next season won't be a major factor, either.
"Once this game is over, I'll sit down with my family and decide what's best for us," he said. "But I love South Carolina to death. I talked to coach Spurrier. He already said that if I want to come back, I can. So I'm excited to hear that."
David reflects on Juco
Nebraska's best defensive player and leading tackler, first-team All-American senior linebacker Lavonte David, spent just two years in Lincoln. He played his first two years at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, because he didn't qualify academically coming out of high school.
He played for powerhouse Northwestern High in Miami and was part of back-to-back undefeated state championship teams in his final two seasons, 2006 and 2007. While his teammates headed off to high-profile college teams, David had to refocus at junior college -- and he did.
"In high school, seeing all your friends going to big Division I schools and you have to go to a junior college, it's a real humbling moment," he said. "Junior college is a tough experience, but at the same time, it helps you realize the reality of things."
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