Kameron Wood arrived in camp Tuesday after transferring from Ole Miss.
A 6-foot-3, 260-pound redshirt freshman defensive end from John Carroll, Wood was hoping to get on the field with the Rebels this season after signing in 2011, but apparently got lost in the numbers game.
Ole Miss returns three lettermen at his position and signed Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect.
JSU coach Bill Clark knows all about Wood. He recruited him for South Alabama. As a prep senior in 2010, Wood had 80 tackles, 10 sacks and three interceptions.
The roster spot opened because of an injury to freshman lineman Dylan Cline. Cline is expected to rejoin the squad when classes begin.
PRACTICE PROBLEMS: For the first time since the start of preseason practice, the Gamecocks went through what Clark would consider a less than stellar practice.
Chalk it up to coming off two practices the day before, weights in the morning and the hottest day of camp Tuesday. The key, he said, will be to see how they come back from it today in their last two-a-day of the preseason.
“I told the kids we struggled a little bit today, which you’d expect,” Clark said.“I think by our standards, what is good and what I wanted to see, it wasn’t the worst. It’s still probably better than a lot of things we did in the spring – but our expectations (it was off).
“We say we’re never going to have a bad practice. I told them early we were down, we were behind. I do think they picked it up, but I don’t understand why we started slow. ”
NEW LOOK: The Gamecocks turned out a new style uniform during Fan Day and the players have become big fans.
The new togs feature a tighter fit in the arms, which makes them harder for defenders to grab, and some trim that appeals to both players and coaches. The jerseys and pants come in red and white separates to mix and match with black shoes. There’s even a pair of silver pants and silver shoes.
The undershirts are emblazoned with JSU under the right arm and Gamecocks under the left. Jacksonville over State is embossed on the breastplate. The helmet logo remains the same.
“I’m traditional when it comes to that type stuff,” JSU coach Bill Clark said. “But you’re dealing with kids here. You want to reward them for their work. It’s traditional with a little flair.”
They were a hit with the players.
“I like them, they’re really good,” sophomore cornerback Junior Hough said. “Coach Clark’s got us right. He’s going to have us looking good this year.”