SC receiver Samuel has surgery on injured leg


After a loss to Kentucky Saturday night, SC head coach Will Muschamp said the team will have to move forward without one of their key players.

Not much went right for SC in its 23-13 loss to Kentucky at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night.

Deebo Samuel broke his leg and is out for the season, Muschamp announces. SC will try to find another playmaker to replace Deebo Samuel's production when the Gamecocks take on Louisiana Tech. On the game's first play from scrimmage, Samuel took a short pass over the middle from Jake Bentley and took it all the way for a 68-yard score.

The junior wide receiver had six touchdowns in three games for SC this year. Samuel's three TD kickoff returns are a school career record, and they've come in his past five games.

Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. carried the Wildcats' workload, rushing 32 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Kentucky (3-0, 1-0 SEC) certainly showed that much of this one.

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South Carolina's dream season? He is tied for second in the nation, behind only OR running back Royce Freeman (nine).

SC lost one of its best players to injury on Saturday night. "Surgery went extremely well". "He's going to be hard to replace". Facing fourth-and-goal from the Wildcats 1 in the fourth quarter, Gamecock tailback Rico Dowdle was stopped cold by linebacker Jamar Watson and cornerback Derrick Baity. SC also leads the series 8-4-1 in Columbia.

A moment of silence was held before the game for former SC great Alex Hawkins, who died Tuesday.

If South Carolina could only muster 13 points against Kentucky, think of how it will struggle without its top playmaker as the likes of Texas A&M, Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida and yes, Clemson, await it on the schedule. "Couldn't get off the field, couldn't get the offense on the field", SC coach Will Muschamp said.

"We all know this atmosphere will be quite different", Stoops said.