By Josh Hyber/Photo courtesy of SC Athletics
Akron’s Ulysees Gilbert III was all over the field at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday during the South Carolina’s 28-3 victory over the Zips, recording six tackles. But on the final play of the third quarter, the linebacker was in an unfortunate place for the Gamecocks.
The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder rolled over the right leg of South Carolina left guard Zack Bailey. The 6-foot-6, 314-pound senior grabbed his right knee and fell to the ground in pain. Gamecock medical staff immediately ran onto the field to attend to him and three minutes later placed him onto a golf cart that took him off the field.
Will Muschamp said after the game that Bailey broke his fibula, a non-weight-bearing bone, on the play.
“I did tibia and fibula,” the coach said. “I told him I was tougher than him. But it’s the fibula, the non-weight-bearing bone. He’s going to be fine. Obviously, it’s a setback, but it’s not a catastrophic injury in my mind.
“He should be fine. I don’t know. I don’t watch to give a time table.”
“Just unfortunate. You hate to see his last game here end like that,” Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley said. “It’s unfortunate, but hearing coach talk a minute ago and say it’s not as bad as it could be, obviously we don’t want him to get hurt … He’s a pivotal player for us. We’re definitely going to miss him for sure.”
The coach also gave a few other injury updates.
- Defensive lineman Keir Thomas has an ankle injury and is expected to play in the bowl game.
- Receiver Shi Smith had back spasms flare up on Wednesday that took him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He participated in the team’s walkthrough on Friday and didn’t feel well enough to play.
- Keisean Nixon has had an issue with one of his shoulders and should be back for the bowl game.