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South Carolina's Victor Hampton returning to punt-return role


A few weeks after sustaining a concussion while returning a punt against North Carolina, South Carolina's Victor Hampton will return to the role when the Gamecocks play host to Central Florida.

"I always knew I would get my chance again, I just had to get back healthy," Hampton said, according to "They're giving me a full week of practice, and I'm going to get back. ... I'm an aggressive guy, but there's a difference between being aggressive and being smart. That was my first time really doing punt return in a game, the whole game, so it was a good game experience for me."

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Hampton, one of the Southeastern Conference's top junior cornerbacks, was limited against Georgia following the injury. He has since played more at defensive back, but only now is getting back to returning punts.

"Hopefully we can get him some blocking and get a punt he has a chance to return," said Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. "It's difficult nowadays, teams cover so well. Punters sometimes don't kick that nice, 45-yard low punt that you'd like to return. ... I think he is a very good punt-return player, and give him a chance to run some back. Gotta force some punts first."

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