SEC: Cody Gibson

South Carolina's offensive line depth took a hit this week.

Steve Spurrier announced on Thursday that junior offensive tackle Cody Gibson will miss the rest of spring after tearing the meniscus in his knee. Gibson will have to undergo surgery to repair his knee, but should be back by the summer.

The Gamecocks were already without junior tackle Mike Matulis, who will miss all of spring while he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Gibson has made six starts during his career and played in nine games last year (two starts). Before his injury, he was pushing both Brandon Shell (right tackle) and Corey Robinson (left tackle) for reps this spring.

The Gamecocks still have redshirt freshman Mason Zandi to work with at tackle, but are pretty thin at the tackle spot right now. The good news for the Gamecocks is that they signed four players who played tackle in high school, including four-star prospect Alan Knott (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek).

Nunn back at practice for Gamecocks

December, 29, 2011
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South Carolina has welcomed back a familiar face to the offensive line as the Capital One Bowl draws near.

Senior tackle Kyle Nunn is back practicing after suffering a serious back injury and having a blood clot removed from his leg. Nunn started the first four games of the season at left tackle for the Gamecocks, but suffered his back injury in Week 3 against Navy. His final game came against Vanderbilt a week later.

Nunn later underwent surgery to remove the blood clot, putting his chances of returning for any part of the 2011 season in even more doubt.

It appeared as if Nunn was going to apply for a sixth year of eligibility, but now, Nunn could be ending the season playing in his South Carolina uniform.

"My first couple days (of practice) were kind of shaky, but I’m back now," Nunn said Thursday. "The back injury caused my leg not to work as it was supposed to because it was pinching on the nerve. It’s really scary when you wake up and can’t feel your leg. As soon as the surgery was over, all the feeling came back and everything was back. It was good.”

Nunn, who has been practicing at left tackle, is trying to play against Nebraska Monday, but if he does, he won't be eligible for a medical hardship waiver that would grant him another year.

“I feel really good about myself right now," he said.

South Carolina's line is much better with Nunn out there, so his return would certainly boost the Gamecocks' offense. If he were able to play left tackle, Rokevious Watkins could move back to right tackle, where he started the first five games of the season.

Having Watkins on the right side would provide the line with a little more stability. Freshmen Cody Gibson and Mike Matulis have switched off at right tackle since Watkins moved to left tackle.

Gamecocks get good news on Shaw

November, 8, 2011
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It looks like South Carolina will have sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw this weekend.

Shaw has been cleared medically after suffering a concussion last week in the Arkansas game and will be back in the lineup Saturday against Florida as long as there are no additional setbacks.

The Gamecocks will be careful with Shaw this week. He won't practice in pads on Tuesday, but should be ready by game time.

He was leveled by Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette toward the end of the game last week and lay motionless on the field for a few minutes. He eventually walked off the field under his own power, but it's the kind of crushing hit that would put a lot of quarterbacks out for several weeks.

Even with Shaw back, the Gamecocks have to shore up some issues in the offensive line. They moved redshirt freshman guard A.J. Cann out to right tackle during the Arkansas game to replace redshirt freshman Cody Gibson, who was having trouble protecting. But it was Cann who gave up the sack that led to Shaw's concussion.

It really hasn't been the same for South Carolina up front offensively ever since losing senior left tackle Kyle Nunn for the season. The Gamecocks were playing well with that first unit, but had to shake things up when Nunn hurt his back and then developed a blood clot in his leg. Senior Rokevious Watkins moved from right tackle to left tackle, and South Carolina has been looking for consistency on that right side ever since.

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