Gamecocks roster dwindles via opt-outs, injuries heading into Mizzou game

Four players have opted out since South Carolina dismissed coach Will Muschamp (pointing) on Sunday.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has lost another starting cornerback in Israel Mukuamu after he opted out of the season, joining his defensive backfield partner Jaycee Horn in preparing for the upcoming NFL draft.

Interim coach Mike Bobo said Tuesday four players have opted out since the school dismissed coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. Joining Mukuamu and Horn are safety R.J. Roderick and defensive lineman Makius Scott.

The Gamecocks (2-5) face Missouri (2-3) on Saturday night.

Mukuamu is a 6-foot-4, 205 pound junior who was an all-Southeastern Conference second-team selection in 2019. He and Horn shared the team lead with two interceptions each.

Horn announced his decision to opt out Monday.

Bobo, the first-year offensive coordinator, was named to take over for Muschamp. Bobo said defensive line starters Aaron Sterling and Brad Johnson are out for the year with injuries.