Steve Spurrier Teleconference Quotes

COLUMBIA, S.C. — IES was on the line with Steve Spurrier for his weekly teleconference Sunday. Here is a full transcript of his comments.

Will running back Mike Davis be ready by Saturday?

“He is right now very doubtful. I think are trainer said he can start practicing in the next few days. So maybe later in the week, we will see how his condition is. Just a bad bruise — a bruised rib — and it is painful for him right now.”

Who would pick up the slack in the running back department if Davis can’t go?

Brandon Wilds will probably start. Shon Carson is here and David Williams needs to play a little bit. (Williams) going on his second year here now, he’s a good-sized back and I think he needs to carry the ball some. Hopefully, we can block and make some holes for our running backs.”

What do you remember from South Carolina’s last meeting with ECU: a 48-10 victory in 2012?

“That was only two years ago. In fact, we have been watching some tape from the game a little bit … Dylan had a good game — throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns here and there — and Marcus Lattimore had some nice runs here and there. But they played us tough. Our defense played really well. That was two years ago and I think they are a lot better team now than they were then.”

What have you seen from Shane Carden on tape?

“I haven’t watched their offense right now. Our defensive coaches watch most of that. We all know what he has done the last couple years there and he’s a very good player and an excellent passer. They know what they are doing in the passing game. They are a lot like Texas A&M. They get it out of their hand quickly, they have excellent receivers and we’re going to be well tested on defense. That’s for sure.”

Looking at the defense personnel-wise, is it an open audition at practice this week or are you set with you who you played against Texas A&M?

“I think most of the guys who played the last game will get to play this game. One or two changes, that should happen, but we’ve certainly got to play fundamentally sounder, we’ve got to tackle a lot better and get some pass rush and all that kind of stuff. We’ve got a lot to improve on to do. But, believe me, we’ve got the players to do it. So we’re going to find out.”

How surprised are you with the events that transpired against the Aggies Thursday night?

“Oh, I think we all were surprised that it didn’t go according to plan, but it’s history now. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, so we’re going to change practice around a little bit, try to be a little more competitive at practice and get our guys playing at a faster pace, offensively, defensively and special teams. I think Texas A&M played a lot faster and a lot smarter than we did.”

You said ECU does similar things as Texas A&M offensively. With that in mind, what needs to fixed on defense in preparation for this weekend?

“We need to improve on everything. Pass coverage, run defense, pass rush, we need to improve; really the entire team does. We need to coach better and get our players to play better. It’s as simple as that.”

Will you change anything on the offensive line?

“There might be one, but we’ll talk about that later in the week.”

Do you think having three extra days to prepare for ECU give you an advantage Saturday?

“I don’t know. I’ll let you know after the game Saturday … I think we’re glad we get a chance to play this week after our performance. Will (ECU) go on to play us as well as they did last night, I don’t know. You’ll have to ask them.”

What have you seen from the ECU defense, in anything?

“Well, they are in good shape, they’re quick, they’re well conditioned and they are a well coached bunch of guys. They play their assignments and they are not out of position. I know they’ve got some new guys. East Carolina, they are a team that has some big expectations and big goals this year. They’ve got an excellent team. Their players are going to play hard and smart. So, it’s going to be a tough game for us. To beat them, we’ve got to play the game. If we show up like we did last week, we’re going to be in some serious trouble.”

Do you have any kind of a relationship with Coach Ruffin McNeill?

“I really admire what all he’s done in coaching. We just say hello when we see each other, which isn’t too often, but I saw him somewhere in North Carolina. Maybe we were recruiting around somewhere the last time I saw him. It was in one of those airports there and he was flying out or flying in or something like that. I think we have a good relationship. I think I have a good relationship with all the coaches out there and I think he does too.”

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