COLUMBIA -- South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said after Thursday's practice that he expects spur linebacker Antonio Allen, the Gamecocks' leading tackler, to play in Saturday's game at Arkansas. Allen missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a sore neck -- an injury he suffered during Tuesday's practice.

"He's OK," Johnson said. "He's got a strained neck that's bothering him, and it's got a spasm in it. So they want to put some heat and treatment on it. And I think he was just basically able to go to meetings and get a little light workout today. We're counting on him (playing at Arkansas).

"It's a muscle spasm. There's nothing wrong with the neck. There's no disc problem, nerve problem or anything else. I'm concerned he didn't have a good full week of practice, but he should be ready to roll on Saturday."

The Razorbacks' offense is the best USC has played this year. Arkansas ranks No. 25 nationally in yards (452.9 per game) and No. 20 in points (36.9).