WITH VIDEO: Lance Thompson talks about Josh Belk and other news from today's practice
August 07, 2018
Asst. Coach Lance Thompson
Josh Belk isn’t yet practicing with South Carolina football.
But considering how long Lance Thompson has been after him, he’s already got a sense of what he can provide. Thompson was recruiting him back when he was a top high school prospect, before he went to Clemson, before he transferred and joined USC’s program.
And he remembers what he saw back then.
“I saw 6-3, 310, good kid,” Thompson said. “Could be coached to play hard. Did the pro bench 30-something times. That’s what I saw.
“That makes me happy.”
The pro bench is a 225-pound bench press. Only seven defensive linemen beat that at the NFL Combine this year.
Thompson couldn’t confirm when Belk might be back, but Muschamp will address it this Saturday.
Belk was the No. 102 player in his class in the 247Sports composite rankings. USC will have to wait on him, but Thompson sounded pleased with the player the team brought in.
“I think he can be a good one, I really do,” Thompson said. “He’s got size. He’s got quickness. I think he’s got a little bit of nasty to him, and he’s coachable.”
Gamecocks defense depends on the development of youth
Williams has to hold down the fort in the defensive middle, with Steven Montac donning a yellow non-contact jersey Tuesday and Tavyn Jackson missing practice altogether.
One player who has returned from injury is Jaylin Dickerson, who is eager to deliver on his potential for the first time in a Gamecocks uniform
The shuffling continues as well on the defensive line, as Keir Thomas, who contributed on both the interior and at end, has now taken a central role at defensive tackle.
Thomas talked about his versatility, his relationship with line-mate Javon Kinlaw and how he feels about High School teammate Jamel Cook joining the Gamecocks yesterday at defensive back
South Carolina has its first scheduled off day Wednesday, and will return to the practice field on Thursday morning at 9 AM.