“We should have got back there,” Jenkins said Wednesday. “We feel like at times they may have had a little three-step (drop), but we should have rushed a little bit better. Some of the stuff we ran we were going for contain versus going up the field. We should have had an effect on the quarterback because that’s our job as outside backers.”
“They were getting rid of the ball pretty quick,” outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer said. “They had some good linemen. You have to give them credit, too. Sometimes you’re going to go up against better players or more seasoned players and those two guys have played a lot of games on the edge.”
South Carolina used tight ends to help on the edge, mixed up its protections and chipped with their running backs.
“Those guys have got to learn from it,” Pruitt said of Floyd and Jenkins. “When you have success like Leonard had the first week of the year and last year a little bit, that’s what people do to guys that can rush the quarterback. They have a plan for them.”
“He’ll play,” Sherrer said. “We would love to play two-deep at every position. If he has a good week of practice that will determine how many reps he gets in the game.”