2006 Media Days: Legge's Look at S. Carolina

BIRMINGHAM – Here's a look at the day South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks had at the SEC's annual Media Day event. South Carolina finished second in the SEC East and lost in the Independence Bowl last season.

Last season: 7-5
Last game vs. Georgia: 17-15 loss
Series Record: Georgia leads 43-13-2

Most memorable Georgia win: 1980 – Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs best eventual Heisman Trophy winner George Rodgers and South Carolina.
Most painful Georgia loss: 2000 – With all the hype in the world behind their backs, Georgia – and what's supposed to be their Heisman candidate – lose 21-10 in one of the biggest upsets of the year. Quincy Carter throws five touchdowns to help the Gamecocks' cause.
Starters returning: 10

Best player: Sidney Rice
Biggest Weakness: Offensive line
2006's big question: Can the rag-tag offensive line of the Gamecocks get it together in time for Mississippi State, Georgia and Auburn? All of those games are played before the end of September.

Inside the numbers vs. Georgia (as seen in the upcoming Dawg Post 2006 Season Preview):

Since South Carolina entered the SEC in 1992, the Gamecocks have beaten Georgia four times (1993, 1996, 2000 and 2001). In those games, Carolina has a 14-4 turnover advantage. There have been times in the recent past (2004) when Georgia has overcome having more turnovers than South Carolina to win. But most of the time, particularly when the Gamecocks' turnover advantage is more than two, Georgia loses. No one forgets Quincy Carter's pitiful five-interception day in Columbia in 2000. The Cocks went on to beat Georgia 21-10. Four seasons earlier in 1996, Georgia fell to Carolina 23-16 after surrendering four turnovers; the Gamecocks had none that game. In any football game, turnovers are critical, but it seems even more true in Georgia's games with South Carolina.

SEC Media Day's quote to note:

"Hopefully we can be competative, but until we play - who knows?" – South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier on this year's Gamecocks.

"No. Not quite, not quite." – Spurrier said giggling when asked if he could compare Carolina's talent to the talent he had at Florida in the 1990s.

"Our trophy case has an Outback trophy in it, and that's about it. I tell people that we have nowhere to go but up." – Spurrier on how difficult it has been to change South Carolina football.

"Our committment level is not where it needs to be. You can't punish players for missing summer workouts, but you don't have to play them." - Spurrier said of a few Gamecocks missing voluntary summer workouts.

"I see our women's basketball teams play four games back-to-back at the SEC Basketball Tournament, and I don't hear them bitchin'." - Spurrier said in response to a question about the 12-game schedule in college football.

Legge's projected SEC finish: 4th SEC East

Legge's All-SEC Gamecocks: WR Sidney Rice and CB Fred Bennett

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