Earlier this year, the South Carolina Gamecocks got some bad news when it was announced that starting linebacker Skai Moore would miss the season with an injury. They got more bad news on Monday when it was announced that starting cornerback Rico McWilliams would be leaving the program.
The Big Spur’s John Whittle reported that McWilliams, who has been a starter for the Gamecocks the last three seasons, would be leaving the team, likely to move closer to home to support his family, who were affected by the flooding in Louisiana. He had missed several days of practice the last week or so as he was helping his family members in the state.
This is certainly bad news for the Gamecocks as McWilliams has played in 33 games, starting 18, over the last three seasons. This made him the most experienced returning player on the roster behind the injured Moore.
In three seasons with the Gamecocks, Rico McWilliams has recorded 66 tackles, two for loss, and seven pass deflections. South Carolina looks to replace him before their season opening game Thursday against Vanderbilt.