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Bluffton’s Shameik Blackshear cleared for start of USC practice

South Carolina football’s Shameik Blackshear played in two games as a freshman.
South Carolina football’s Shameik Blackshear played in two games as a freshman. dmclemore@thestate.com

Defensive end Shameik Blackshear has received the green light to join his South Carolina teammates for Tuesday’s start of preseason camp, where the former Bluffton standout joins a unit looking for someone to generate more production than a year ago.

Blackshear missed all of spring practice as he continued to recover from injuries suffered in a December shooting. On Monday, coach Will Muschamp said Blackshear would not be limited in early workouts.

“Yeah, he’s fully cleared,” Muschamp said, noting he and two other Gamecocks who missed all of spring practice appeared in good condition through summer workouts.

“We’ll find out as we move through camp here. But they’ve done a good job off the field studying the schemes we do. We’re certainly expecting all three to contribute.”

Blackshear, who redshirted as a freshman last season, was shot multiple times Dec. 16 at the Club at Carolina Stadium, an apartment complex marketed to USC students. A 911 call from a worker at a local hospital said he was shot in the leg; The State reported Blackshear also was shot in the upper body.

A few weeks after the shooting, Muschamp said Blackshear was the victim and would not face discipline from the university, football team or police.

Blackshear was one of the state’s most sought-after players during his high-school days, choosing the Gamecocks over offers from Clemson, Georgia, LSU and North Carolina.

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