COLUMBIA -- South Carolina freshman receiver DeMario Bennett said he wasn't thinking clearly when he considered a transfer earlier this week.

"Me and coach (Steve Spurrier), we talked about that," said Bennett, who even went so far as to skip practice Monday morning. "I was thinking out of frustration. I'm going to stay, though. I'm happy to be here. I'll be competing to play. Hopefully, I'll earn the spot."

"Sometimes players get down and don't think before they act," he added a little later.

Going into camp, Bennett was listed as the No. 3 slot receiver behind Tori Gurley and Dion LeCorn.

LeCorn is now shelved with a left shoulder sprain, moving Bennett up. But freshmen such as Nick Jones and Ace Sanders have moved themselves into position to compete for spots as well.

Bennett caught two passes for 27 yards in Tuesday's scrimmage. He said that was a good first step in getting things righted.

"When some players get down, they start playing bad," said Bennett, who was fairly squirmy in a short interview Wednesday morning. "When they make a couple of catches, their confidence gets up more, to where it used to be."

Bennett, from Douglas, Ga., was expected to play last season, but a late-camp injury led coaches to redshirt him. That might have also played into his frustration.

Injury report

The list of those in yellow continued to grow.

LeCorn, tight end Pat DiMarco (left forearm bruise) and offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins (stinger) were new inclusions to the injured list. As was safety Corey Addison (concussion).

LeCorn's seems the most serious. The oft-hurt senior was wearing a sling at practice Wednesday.

Running back Kenny Miles (hamstring) might have thought he was returning today, coming out wearing a garnet jersey. But he was told to get off the field, because he hadn't been cleared by trainers, when he tried to participate in special teams work.

Running back Brian Maddox (groin), linebackers Shaq Wilson and Qua Gilchrist (hamstrings) were among the others out.

Defensive head coach Ellis Johnson seemed concerned about Wilson, the junior who tried to come back but was unsuccessful.

Bouncing back

Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said left tackle Jarriel King, in his second day back from a hamstring injury, is slowly rounding into form. Spurrier was down on King on Tuesday, after he was whistled for a holding call early in the team's scrimmage.

Likewise, Johnson said linebacker Rodney Paulk has been a little "rusty" as he comes back from his knee injury. In fairness, though, Johnson said he's been working Paulk, naturally a middle linebacker, at weak-side linebacker. He wants Paulk familiar with both spots, so emerging linebacker Josh Dickerson can get on the field more. That, and Wilson has been out of practice.