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Muschamp updates status of two defensive backs

Two Gamecock defensive backs aren't a lock to play in the team's season opener 10 days away.

Steven Montac Jr. and Tavyn Jackson are both questionable for the start of the 2017 campaign, with Jackson expected to miss more than one game.

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Montac has a stress fracture in his foot and has been in a walking boot for the last week or so. He'll be evaluated by the coaching staff, and head coach Will Muschamp said during his weekly call-in show he hopes to have him back by NC State but it's not certain he will be available.

"Steven Montac is going to be questionable going into the game," he said. "I'm not sure where he is with the foot sprain. it's nothing surgery requires, but he's a guy we really need back in the secondary."

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Tavyn Jackson will likely miss more time with hamstring injury. Muschamp said he expects him to miss "at least the first two games of the season."

Muschamp announced the hamstring injury after the Gamecocks' scrimmage Saturday, but will contribute in the secondary when completely healthy.

“It’s going to make it hard, but because of our numbers he’s going to have to play," Muschamp said after the scrimmage. "We’ve kept him up to speed, he’s an extremely bright young man and he’s a guy we’re still counting on. But certainly, it’s a little bit of an issue him missing this much time at this stage.”

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Muschamp said during the call-in show C.J. Freeman is still rehabbing from his knee surgery he underwent in December and Randrecous Davis is still working through a lower body injury.