Originally created 08/17/00

Gamecocks lose freshman QB



COLUMBIA -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz spent the summer wondering which of his two freshman quarterbacks would back up starter Phil Petty.

The decision was made for Holtz on Wednesday -- if only temporarily -- when freshman Dondrial Pinkins was removed from contention with a knee injury in the Gamecocks' first scrimmage of preseason drills.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Camilla, Ga., suffered what team doctors termed a mild ankle sprain on the third play from scrimmage and is expected to be out for at least two to three weeks.

Holtz said the injury is "devastating."

Pinkins' injury leaves fellow freshman Rod Wilson as the obvious choice to back up Petty, but redshirt sophomore Erik Kimrey made a push during Wednesday's 70-play scrimmage.

Kimrey threw three passes of more than 20 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown strike to Carlos Rogers on the final play.

"Erik knows the offense and makes good reads," said Holtz, whose team plays its season opener at home against New Mexico State on Sept. 2. "We looked like a pretty good offensive team when he was in there."