No Smack Talk?
In a heated rivalry like the annual battle between South Carolina and Clemson, it's not uncommon to hear an occasional jab sent from a player or coach on either side before the big game.
However this year, it's been unusually quiet.
Perhaps that's because of last year's game, a 63-17 Clemson victory in Columbia, or perhaps it's due to the fact that both teams are coming into the game with five and six wins respectively.
When asked Wednesday about potential bulletin board material, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said just one thing has been mentioned so far this week.
It was comment made by first year defensive coordinator Rick Minter, who told a group of Gamecock supporters during a summer speech, "We're not only going to start the season well, but I promise you we're going to finish the season well, particularly over in that hell hole called Death Valley," Minter said.
Bowden said that's been the only thing talked about this week.
"That's old. Every ITPAY guy sent me that. They've killed four trees sending that article. I think that's it. I don't think our guys have said much," said Bowden.
Last season, one of the "motivating tactics" used by Clemson before the game was a presentation of Syvelle Newton's signing day video, in which he threw a Clemson hat on the floor.
"That was more recruiting. You can only use that one once, and that one is used," added Bowden.
South Carolina comes into Saturday's game last in the SEC in sacks with just 10 on the season. Bowden said after Wednesday's practice that one potential reason for the lack of sacks, may be because the Gamecocks shy away from blitzing.
"They don't blitz much and bring four. If you leave a back in (to block), and have five linemen, that's six. That's six on four. That's two guys getting double teamed."
"Attitude has been excellent. As far as the effort of the players and all that. I'm far more disappointed on my inability to get us more wins. Nothing from the players." -- Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden when asked about the attitude of his team after Saturday's loss to Duke.
Bowden said that he expects to see a South Carolina safety in the middle of the field, namely Ko Simpson, to prevent big plays Saturday...Yusef Kelly is three yards short of a 1,000 yards rushing for his career, Bowden said he would think about putting him in at running back should the right situation present itself. Leroy Hill is expected to play Saturday, but will wear a protective covering over his injured finger...Chansi Stuckey continues to progress after his sprained ankle suffered more than four weeks ago..."Stuckey is better than he's been," said Bowden. "He's not 100%, but he's better than he was a few weeks ago."
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