South Carolina will be without its star safety not only this weekend against Kentucky, but for the remainder of the season.
Jamyest Williams, a 5-foot-9 defensive back out of Loganville, GA, has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal and will redshirt this season to preserve a year of eligibility as he looks elsewhere.
Williams, who was ranked No. 39 (ESPN) in the 2017 recruiting class and originally chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and Auburn, among others, started the first three games of the season for South Carolina.
Through four games this year, Williams was fifth on the team with 16 tackles (five solo). In his first year as a Gamecock, the Loganville, GA native was a Freshman All-SEC selection, totaling 38 tackles and two interceptions. He followed it up with a solid sophomore campaign, finishing with 32 tackles and an interception in just eight games, missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
South Carolina, who lost to Missouri this past weekend by a final score of 34-14, now sits at 1-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference play. And following the loss of Williams in a secondary that is considerably thin already, things aren’t going to get any easier.
Through four games this season, the Gamecocks have allowed an average of 290 passing yards per contest (1,162 passing yards total), good for No. 116 in the nation out of 130 total FBS programs. In terms of passing efficiency defense, South Carolina is ranked No. 104 overall.
Kentucky will head to Columbia, SC this weekend to take on USC on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network, where the Wildcats will look to extend their winning streak over the Gamecocks to six.
After Kentucky comes to town, South Carolina still has the likes of Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, and Clemson on its schedule, all schools that have averaged 250 or more passing yards per contest through four games this season.