COLUMBIA — Here’s something I missed at practice last night when I was yapping with Steve Spurrier, Jr., and Shaq Roland.
Junior offensive tackle Mike Matulis is expected undergo shoulder surgery sometime in the next week or so.
Matulis, who has started at left and right tackle for the Gamecocks during his career, has had surgery on both shoulders. Matulis has 10 career starts.
Matulis missed spring practice rehabbing his shoulder after surgery in the offeseason. Matulis has practiced on a limited basis so far this preseason, but he has been limited in any contact drills.
“He’s been through most of the fundamental drills,” said USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “He’s working hard. I’ve put him through some team segments. He’s got a little glitch in his shoulder and he’s going to have it scoped. I think it’s a minor scope. I haven’t been real concerned about it and we’ll see how he does when he comes back.”
If Matulis’ shoulder injury turns out to be more serious he could redshirt, Elliott said.
“He does have that redshirt season and that’s a great thing for Mike,” Elliott said. “He’s a good football player. I’m really excited about him. It’s unfortunate. It’s bad luck and we’ve got to deal with it. He does have that redshirt if we need it.