Spurrier talks success, now and future

After two of the best years ever for South Carolina football, Steve Spurrier is talking about even more for the future.

Steve Spurrier is used to talking about SEC titles ... just not at South Carolina.

Six times a champion of the conference as the head coach at Florida, Spurrier is now leading a Gamecocks team coming off an 11-2 season that saw them finish in the top 10. This year's team has a bright outlook as well, and the incoming recruiting class is solid.

So, Steve Spurrier, can you win a national title?

"Well, we hope we can," Spurrier said Tuesday at SEC media days, "but we realize we're not favored like we usually were those years at Florida."

National title talk may be premature in a conference that has been brutal to play in week after week, but clearly Spurrier's vision when he arrived at South Carolina in 2005 is working.

"I think we've assembled better players, better coaches, maybe a better strength coach, trainer, equipment guy, the whole bit," Spurrier said.

A big factor in South Carolina's success this season will be Connor Shaw, the quarterback who stepped in last season after the often-troubled Stephen Garcia was benched. Shaw shined as a dual threat, and plenty in the media asked about Shaw's talents.

"I've never quite had (a quarterback) that's been maybe a little bit better runner than he is a passer," Spurrier said.

Spurrier also addressed Marcus Lattimore, the star South Carolina running back who missed the last six games as a freshman last season after tearing a knee ligament. Spurrier said he expects Lattimore to be at 100 percent when the season begins.

"The doctors can do wonderful things now with those knee surgeries," Spurrier said.

Spurrier's Gamecocks open the season on the first night of play -- Aug. 30 at Vanderbilt.

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