South Carolina’s Saunders tries to repair reputation

Dismissed tight end Weslye Saunders was back on South Carolina’s practice field Wednesday working out for scouts and personnel from 28 NFL teams — and trying to repair his reputation.

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Saunders admitted at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that he had lied to NCAA investigators over an inquiry into improper contact with agents. He also was among several Gamecocks who lived at a local hotel for discounted rates. Once a highly regarded prospect, the 6-foot-6, 273-pound senior was kicked off the team in September and didn’t play a game his senior season.

Saunders was among several former Gamecocks auditioning for the NFL, but none are expected to crack the draft’s first round. The crowd watching included Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz.

Other former South Carolina players who took part were safety Chris Culliver, defensive end Cliff Matthews and wide receiver Tori Gurley, 23, who left the program with two years of eligibility remaining.

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