The position that was one of the Gamecocks’ deepest when the season began has now been reduced by three after the latest injury.
Sophomore receiver Telvin Brown was carted off the field on a backboard Saturday with his head and neck supported. He was hit hard near the goal line early in the second quarter of the Gamecocks’ 68-10 rout of Eastern Kentucky.
Brown was headed toward the end zone when he started losing control of the ball and was leveled by EKU corner Stanley Absanon at the 1. He lost possession and EKU returned it out near the 30.
Meanwhile, Brown lay motionless on his stomach as JSU medical officials worked diligently to stabilize the receiver.
“I’ve never seen him like lay on the ground like that, so seeing that hurt my heart,” said redshirt freshman and high school teammate Josh Barge. “I teared up a little bit. But when he got to talking and stuff, I knew everything was OK. I’m just praying for him. That’s my buddy. I felt for him.”
JSU officials did not disclose the nature of Brown’s injury, but he was treated and released from a local hospital. Reports during the game -- supported by the players afterward – indicated Brown was going to be all right. His status for this week’s game at No. 2 Eastern Illinois was not immediately known.
JSU coach Bill Clark said he felt better about the receiver once he got on the field and assessed the situation.
“Once we got out there and saw him, we felt better,” he said. “Safety is our chief concern.”
Brown is the third JSU receiver to go down with a severe medical situation. Markis Merrill was carted off the field with a dislocated hip earlier this season, and Dalton Screws suffered a broken collarbone. Both injuries occurred against Tennessee State.
Clark didn’t find anything sinister in the situation and attributed the scary injuries to “aggressive play.” JSU linebacker Rashad Smith said there were a lot of bodies flying around during the game.
“I think Markis’ was a freaky thing,” he said. “I didn’t see the whole thing (with Brown); I just saw a shot. I think he just took a shot.”