Rico Dowdle is expected to see his first action as a college football player on Saturday.
The Reynolds graduate and 2015 Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year missed a chunk of the preseason and the first four games for the University of South Carolina (2-2) with a groin injury.
The Gamecocks are home for Saturday’s game against No. 9 Texas A&M (4-0). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.. in Columbia, S.C.
Coach Will Muschamp had this to say about Dowdle during a Tuesday press conference.
“He will play on special teams,” Muschamp said. “Depending on how he continues to progress through the week, we’ve had him involved in meetings and walkthroughs and all the mental reps as much as possible. … He had a decent day today. We will look at him again tomorrow and Thursday and the walkthrough on Friday. If he’s able to give us some snaps at the running back position and help our offense, then great. If not, we will continue to progress him like any young player.”
Dowdle set a Western North Carolina record for single-season touchdown responsibility (63) last year and was named the Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for a second time.
Dowdle carried the ball 247 times for an area-best 2,545 yards and 51 touchdowns for the MAC 3-A champion Rockets (11-2). He passed for 1,434 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions and had a 55-yard touchdown reception.