A short while prior to the South Carolina Gamecocks’ Week 1 opener at Vanderbilt and some players will not be in action.
According to Scott Hood of Gamecock Central, the program has suspended four players versus the Commodores: offensive linemen Alan Knott and Christian Pellage, defensive back Toure Boyd and defensive lineman Abu Lamin. Hood also notes that Lamin has been slapped with a three-game suspension. The reason(s) for the suspensions has not surfaced.
Knott, a redshirt junior center, enjoyed a fantastic offseason in 2015 where he was awarded as the Most Improved Offensive Lineman of the Spring. Though he didn’t crack the starting lineup in last season’s opener, Knott did nab a starting spot in the final three games of the season.
Pellage played in all 12 games in 2015 as a freshman, primarily on special teams. He was listed as a second-stringer behind left guard Zach Bailey before the season.
Boyd is a JUCO transfer (Chaffey College) who saw action in a lone game last season versus Central Florida. A lingering ankle injury hampered his first with the Gamecocks and Boyd later petitioned for a medical redshirt.
Lamin, a redshirt senior, played in 10 games last season, primarily in a backup role. He was slated to be in the mix up front for the Gamecocks but will miss the first quarter of the season.
The Gamecocks will gear up for their first season under head coach Will Muschamp, and will do so without four of their players for their SEC opener on Thursday.