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October 12, 2013

Arkansas injury report, game balls

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Who was injured and who deserved game balls after No. 14 South Carolina's 52-7 win over Arkansas? Find out now!


Ronald Patrick left the game early in the fourth quarter and was helped off the field with a high left ankle sprain.

Skai Moore suffered a slight concussion on the last play of the game, Steve Spurrier said, but should be able to play next week.

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Offensive line: While most USC fans remember the losses to Bobby Petrino-coached Arkansas teams as dominated by the pass and losses to Houston Nutt-coached teams as dominated by the run, the common thread through both was that Arkansas was the better team in the trenches on the offensive line. Saturday, the script flipped, and it was No. 14 South Carolina's offensive line that dominated the Razorbacks. Center Clayton Stadnick, guards A.J. Cann and Ronald Patrick and tackles Brandon Shell and Corey Robinson all deserve game balls for controlling what had been a sack-happy Arkansas defense. The offensive line, without a doubt, was the best unit of either team on the field.

Mike Davis: What more can you say about the man who is now clearly the SEC's leading rusher? After getting 63 yards on eight carries in the first half, he only gets two touches for five in the second quarter. No problem. In the second half, Steve Spurrier went to Davis again and the result was equally dynamic, amassing 19 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown.

J.T. Surratt: Seems like the junior has really come on the past two games. On a day when a lot of defenders had good outings, Surratt seemed to give everything he had, and on a defensive line where credit (and criticism) has gone everywhere else, why not a game ball to Surratt up in the middle, stuffing the center of the line against a team determined to run?

Connor Shaw: It never gets old, giving this senior a game ball for his performances. Without his early conversions with his feet, including several with his feet and hands and multiple fourth downs, USC might have allowed Arkansas to hang around long enough to gain momentum. As it was, he did convert, time and time again, and led USC to the most lopsided win over Arkansas in series history and keep South Carolina in the thick of the SEC East race with Georgia falling to Missouri earlier in the day.

Kane Whitehurst: Returning to the school he transferred from, Steve Spurrier Jr. was true to his word that Whitehurst would play against the Razorbacks, and Whitehurst responded with a 15-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to make the score 45-7.

Shon Carson: Thrust up the ladder when Brandon Wilds went down, Carson struggled last week against Kentucky but responded in a big way against Arkansas, spelling Davis admirably and performing extremely well.

Shamier Jeffery: Maybe he was inspired by his brother's play in Chicago, or maybe the gap opening in the depth chart with the suspension of Shaq Roland, or maybe it was just his time. Whatever the case, Jeffery had a career-high five catches for 42 yards.

Pharoh Cooper: Not only did Cooper effectively run the Wildcat, he gave the Gamecocks their best punt return of the year, a 36-yarder. He finished with three returns for 42 yards.

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