"I'd been out and the idea that effort was being graded, play by play, was pretty clear," Broadway said after Wednesday's practice. "Guys were really flying. It was something to see. The tempo was great. The practice was much faster."
That was the idea when Bobby Petrino announced last week that every play, every snap and every move would be graded as far as effort and intensity. Several starters lost their spot because of that decision, based on effort in practice. As many as six players made their debut in the starting lineup against Eastern Michigan.
"I think what we saw was that it wasn't a false statement," defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said. "We will (grade for effort) from now on," Robinson said. "Last week, they probably didn't take the message seriously enough and that started on Tuesday as far as change. Then, it meant a lot to some of the guys who didn't start (against EMU) where they had been starters.
"Yesterday's practice was very noticeable. A lot more hats to the ball, everyone flying around. It stands out quite a bit.
How did the younger players respond against EMU?
"We kinda picked our spots," Robinson said. "A lot of those kids played in the first half. They might not have played in there as a group. We didn't make a mass substitution. We had little substitution with older guys back there.
"But we had them in there as a group after that first group, a lot of young ones. It was noticeable. We had more of our young guys.
"It will be lessons learned. For someone like Darius Winston, that was really a good experience. It wasn't what he wanted. He understands the importance of that position at this level. It was really good for Austin Moss and Caleb Evans who hadn't been on the field. Caleb did a nice job on third downs.
"We will continue to do that as games allow us to. It's still going to be based on effort, how they practice. Shoot, those young kids might practice harder. We have to make sure they don't make as many mistakes."
What about South Carolina's offense can give you fits?
"They have outstanding big wideouts who can really run and jump," Robinson said. "They have a savvy quarterback and good running backs. They are hard to see behind that big, tall offensive line."
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"We didn't do a good enough job adjusting last year," Robinson said. "We have worked on that and have to do a better job. We've worked on those things that created problems for us. The receivers are what stand out for us. They are big and they can sky. Those are issues."
Robinson said Broadway has progressed with his rehab, but still is a game time decision.
"He's probably not in shape that he once was," he said. "He's still a little fatigued. He probably can't go as many plays as he once was. It will be something we have to watch at game time."
There is little doubt this is a must-win for the Hogs.
"It is the most important game of our year," Robinson said. "It's a game that we play early and in our stadium. We want to keep that short win streak going. It's the biggest game of our season and the one that is going to turn the tide."
Broadway said the Hogs have talked plenty about the importance of the game.
"It is must," Broadway said. "We have to win. It's for a lot of reason, but it's very important."
Defensive end Jake Bequette remembers last year's South Carolina game. He can't forget that the Gamecocks had a late drive for a touchdown with no passes.
"You give up a drive like that, it sticks in your mind, leaves a bad taste," Bequette said. "We have to stop the run. We have to force third and longs, just like Tennessee did last year. We have not forgotten what happened last year."