Today marks just ten days until the Tar Heels fave South Carolina in Charlotte to kick off their 2023 season. South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer met with the media yesterday to discuss the status of three key members of his team’s passing as we sit a week and a half out.
Beamer said that three players would be questionable if the Gamecocks' injury report came out earlier this week. The most significant is Antwane Wells Jr., the team’s leading receiver from a year ago. Wells suffered a lower-body injury early in fall camp and hasn’t practiced since. Last year, he finished with 928 yards and six touchdowns on 68 catches.
Beamer seemed a little more optimistic about transfer tight end Trey Knox. According to his head coach, Knox “tweaked his knee” a couple of weeks ago in a practice, but has been practicing in full for about a week and a half. Beamer said that he’s “going to play”, so honestly it’s a mystery as to why he is being mentioned with this group. Knox will be a huge factor for the team at tight end after transferring over from Arkansas to play in Dowell Loggins's new offense. Last year, he had 287 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 26 catches.
True freshman phenom Nyckoles Harbor is another player who is questionable but also seems as if he will play in the opener. He has missed the last week or so of practice after it appears he picked up some sort of injury in one of the Gamecocks’ scrimmages. The true freshman recently ranked No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's annual Freaks List, the first true freshman to ever rank atop the list. Feldman said he is a taller version of Julio Jones with the body style of Derrick Henry and labeled him a “mismatch nightmare”.
Right now, it seems like Beamer is optimistic that all three of these guys will be active for the game and that is the mindset that the Tar Heel staff should be taking while preparing for this one. Now the hope is that the Tar Heels can get some similar luck with their injuries in the secondary.