October 9, 2007

Tuesday Notebook: Brinkley vows to return

His twin brother, Casper, said two weeks ago that middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley would return to South Carolina in 2008 rather than enter the NFL Draft.

Tuesday, Jasper confirmed what his brother has said earlier.

Brinkley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the Sept. 22 loss at LSU, told reporters prior to Steve Spurrier's weekly press conference Tuesday that he considers himself damaged goods and that he needed next season to prove himself to NFL scouts.

"I'm definitely going to stay in school," Brinkley said in his first public comments since undergoing surgery the week between the LSU and Mississippi State games.

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