Gamecocks lose two more starters

November, 3, 2009
11/03/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Maybe there's something about the latter part of the season and South Carolina football that just don't mix.

The Gamecocks, trying to avoid another late-season collapse, will be without two more starters this weekend at Arkansas. Defensive end Cliff Matthews had already been ruled out by coach Steve Spurrier after injuring his shoulder at Tennessee.

But Spurrier said on Tuesday that safety Chris Culliver would also miss the game after injuring his shoulder last week. Offensive tackle Jarriel King is out with a concussion.

It hasn't been the best year for the Gamecocks on the injury front. Defensive tackle Travian Robertson and middle linebacker Rodney Paulk were lost earlier this season to knee injuries.

The loss of Culliver in the secondary is a big blow. The Gamecocks were already playing two true freshmen back there and don't have any depth. This is the last week you wanted to be short on defensive backs going against Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas passing game.

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