USC QB Thompson held out of Monday practice with neck strain - - Columbia, South Carolina

USC QB Thompson held out of Monday practice with neck strain

COLUMBIA, SC ( - South Carolina has been able to stay relatively healthy so far this season but several players missed practice on Monday with a myriad of minor injuries. Quarterback Dylan Thompson, who has a neck strain, was the most notable player to sit out.

"He should be OK by Saturday," Spurrier said. "I think he's going to try to practice a little bit today. He was banged up, sore last night. It gave the other two players a chance to throw it around a little bit."

If Thompson is unable to play on Saturday at Kentucky, Spurrier wasn't ready to name who would start in his place. Redshirt freshman Connor Mitch and sophomore Perry Orth split the first-team reps on Monday night and Spurrier will let the two battle it out this week in practice for the backup job.

"We'll wait and see," Spurrier said. "I don't want too much arguments about which one goes in there. They both practiced very well last night. They're still competing in practice everyday, those two."

Thompson is the only quarterback to play so far this season but Spurrier is hopeful Mitch or Orth could play effectively if they had to go into the game.

"If we had to, hopefully they could go in there and play fairly well, but we don't know. We haven't had to play either of them yet. We'll see. We'll see if Dylan is OK."

Spurrier also noted that wide receiver Pharoh Cooper did not practice on Monday saying he was "banged up." Offensive guard Cody Waldrop is going to try to practice on Tuesday night.

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