South Carolina averages 188 yards per game rushing, and it's clearly the strength of their team. What is going to be the determining factor between the two teams is going to be the battle at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Jon Bostic believes that this year's defensive line is more versatile than it has been in the past.
"There's a lot more depth this year than there was last year in certain positions especially inside," Bostic said. "For example, if we have a lot of guys going down this week with injury, they may be back this week, they may not, so now you have guys that you can rotate in and out and play all different types of positions."
The win last weekend against Vanderbilt was a breath of fresh air to remind us that the dark cloud of winless October was over and November was here. Having a W against the Gamecocks would be nice this weekend but Bostic believes that a win is important no matter who it's against.
"It's important," Bostic said. "Every week we want to go out and win, so it's not going to change just because we want a winning record. The basis is going to be the same, we want to win."
"A win is a win and that is how we see it."
With both teams currently suffering injuries to their offensive leaders (both Quarterbacks), both respectively need good games. John Brantley should be back starting after leaving during the Vanderbilt game with an arm injury. South Carolina's Conner Shaw also left his game early last weekend after having a concussion due to being sacked five times. Sources say Shaw is feeling fine and has been medically cleared to play on Saturday. Bostic says that whether Shaw starts or not, it doesn't alter Florida's preparation.
"It doesn't change anything. We are going to prepare for him as if he is a starter. If he doesn't start, he doesn't start. It doesn't change anything. We are going to prepare for him like any other game."
Jeff Demps, honestly is a role model for me. He is the hardest working guy I ever met. Every rep he gets in practice he runs for a touchdown no matter where he is at.