McKinley may play against Ole Miss

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

For all the talk about South Carolina's quarterbacks, one of the best sights for the Gamecocks' offense was seeing star receiver Kenny McKinley running around in practice on Wednesday.

The All-SEC receiver has not played since injuring his right hamstring against Vanderbilt on Sept. 4. But South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said McKinley will dress this week against the Rebels and is expected to play if he's moving well enough and doing all of the things he needs to do to be effective in the game.

"How much he'll play, we'll just have to wait and see on Saturday," Spurrier said. "But he's going with us and definitely suiting up."

The Gamecocks have struggled to generate any kind of downfield passing attack while McKinley has been out. He's eight catches and 299 yards away from passing Sterling Sharpe as South Carolina's all-time leading receiver.

Spurrier still has not settled on who will start at quarterback, but it sounds like Chris Smelley might get the start again with Stephen Garcia coming off the bench.

"Chris Smelley is more experienced and probably takes care of the ball a little bit better than Stephen Garcia," Spurrier said. "Stephen has just played a little bit and is sort of helter skelter out there as far as knowing what to do. But Stephen does give us the ability to run the ball, run out of the pocket and make something happen. We plan on playing both of them and going from there."