The 2-3 (2-3, Southeastern Conference) South Carolina Gamecocks will face the Aggies Saturday night, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and will be important in deciding whether the Gamecocks can reach their goal of .500 and make a postseason bowl game.
Alex Huntley, a freshman defensive tackle and homegrown athlete from the Columbia area, will likely get his chance to shine under the lights at Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time -- in primetime -- this weekend. The Blythewood native, four-star recruit and former student-athlete at Hammond School has not played in a single game this season after suffering an ankle injury prior to South Carolina's season opener against Tennessee Sept. 26.
Gamecocks fifth-year head coach, Will Muschamp, announced he expects Huntley to play Saturday night during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
"[He is] a guy that continues to make some strides [and] is now healthy off the ankle. I thought he did some really good things in the open date -- and obviously again on Sunday night and last night in both of those practices in preparation," said Muschamp.
The 19-year-old was coached by former South Carolina quarterback, Erik Kimrey, in high school and helped the Hammond Skyhawks to their third-straight SCISA 3A title in 2019 with a 12-2 record.
The 6'4", 295 pound freshman was ranked as the No. 4 player in South Carolina and No. 16 defensive tackle in the nation, according to Rivals.com, a popular website dedicated to covering recruiting, high school sports and college athletics.
In a preseason press conference, Muschamp said he was impressed with how Huntley and Makius Scott were performing. “Alex Huntley and Makius Scott certainly fit in - both guys, extremely bright and learn well. So, I feel very good about that position,” he said.
Huntley took to social media on Tuesday to celebrate his debut, resharing over a dozen posts on Instagram.