South Carolina WR Roland Suspended Two More Games
By Christopher Wuensch
South Carolina will be without the services of wide receiver Shaq Roland for two more weeks due to a violation of school policy.
Head coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that the Gamecocks’ leading receiver will miss Saturday’s game versus Kentucky and Oct. 12’s Arkansas matchup. Roland sat out last week’s contest against Central Florida, a 28-25 South Carolina win.
Spurrier would not speak to any specifics of Roland’s suspension, but did say the punishment was university policy and not related to an arrest, drug violation, academic nor social media violation.
Roland has 161 yards receiving this season, a team-high 20.1 yards-per-catch and has found the end zone once for South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 SEC).
The news comes coupled with the uncertainty of starting quarterback Connor Shaw’s health. Shaw left the UCF game with a sprained right shoulder. Spurrier expects Shaw to be healthy enough to play, but hasn’t determined yet if he’ll risk the senior this week against the Wildcats.
Shaw has thrown for 665 yards this season to go along with six touchdown passes against no interceptions.
If Shaw doesn’t go, backup Dylan Thompson (365 yds., 1 TD, 2 INTs) will get the nod under center.