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MIKE MATULIS GOES DOWN IN SCRIMMAGE

University of South Carolina starting right guard Mike Matulis suffered a severe left knee sprain during an intra-squad scrimmage at Williams-Brice stadium on Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-5, 307-pound offensive lineman – who missed the entire 2013 season recovering from shoulder surgery – had to be helped off the field following the injury.

“Mike Matulis sprained his knee fairly severely,” USC head coach Steve Spurrier said. “They’ll wait and check it out and let us know how severe that was. We’re hoping it’s not as severe as it appeared.”

Matulis has started ten games since arriving in Columbia in 2011.

Spurrier said if Matulis is unable to play, redshirt sophomore center Cody Waldrop would slide over to play his position with redshirt sophomore Clayton Stadnik taking over the center position.

South Carolina – ranked No. 9 in the preseason USA Today/ Coaches’ poll – opens its 2014 season at home on Thursday, August 28 against No. 20 Texas A&M.  That game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on the new SEC Network.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography