Juice Wells has piqued fans’ interest with a few cryptic Instagram posts ahead of South Carolina’s rivalry with Clemson. Will the All-SEC wideout return to the field?
Wells has been sidelined with a foot injury since Week 3, but his social media activity has Gamecock fans hopeful.
And why wouldn’t they be?
Wells was the league’s top returning receiver at the start of the 2023 season, racking up 928 yards on 68 catches the year prior. He saved the best for last with a 131-yard performance against the Tigers in Death Valley.
Unfortunately, a lingering injury has kept him off the field.
After scoring a touchdown against Georgia in the Gamecocks’ third game, Wells left the field and wouldn’t return. Coaches have been optimistic about getting him back, but to this point, he’s been unable to suit up.
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That absence has sparked the emergence of Xavier Legette, who ranks second in the SEC in receiving this year. Still, Spencer Rattler and Co. would love to have Wells back for the team’s final regular season game.
Not only does the Clemson game represent a heated rivalry in the Palmetto State, but a win would get South Carolina to bowl eligibility.
Based on the wideout’s recent Instagram activity, a return might not be out of the question.
He’s posted a number of highlights on his IG story, all of which came in that 31-30 win over the Tigers last season.
Over on Instagram Juice Wells is posting on stories a lot of Clemson stuff. Is this in anticipation of his first game back since slicing through the Georgia D for a TD? pic.twitter.com/tVecOFKmBa
— Kelly Nash🎙️ (@KellyNashRadio) November 20, 2023
Just amping up the rivalry game, or sending a different message to his followers?
Juice Wells via IG is he back pic.twitter.com/NHJhNoDw2d
— Cam💫(WBB SZN)✨ (@CamReacts__) November 20, 2023
We’ll see this weekend in Columbia.
Having only played in three games to this point, Wells could still preserve his redshirt if he plays on Saturday. Head coach Shane Beamer hasn’t ruled out a return, saying, “There’s a chance,” when asked about the possibility his star pass catcher suits up.
The Palmetto Bowl has suddenly received national attention due to Donald Trump’s expected attendance, though the two teams have struggled on the field. Still, both programs enter on long winning streaks, and the rivalry means even more to fans in the state of South Carolina.
Juice Wells is doing his best to spark some Thanksgiving speculation. We’ll see if he takes the field on Saturday.
Twitter crazy shawty 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/Qn6cW5Enyq
— Antwane Wells (@juicew3lls) November 20, 2023