Quarles will miss Fla. after punch

South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Florida after he threw a punch during last week’s loss at LSU.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said after practice Thursday that Quarles would not travel with the team as part of his penalty.

Quarles was unlikely to play this week anyway since he hadn’t practiced because of a shoulder injury.

Quarles was caught on a YouTube.com video throwing a punch to LSU center P.J. Lonergan after a play. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said he doesn’t condone such actions. However, he said Quarles took a hit from behind that Spurrier described as a ”sucker blow” earlier on the play that caused his shoulder injury.

Quarles has started all seven games this season and has 30 tackles.