Gamecocks look to Georgia

South Carolina will face a completely different challenge Saturday when they travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. After seeing a pass-happy East Carolina team in the opener, the Gamecocks will face a more traditional offense in the Bulldogs.

The twelfth-ranked South Carolina football team faced a unique challenge Saturday night against East Carolina. The Pirates are a pass-happy team that relies on quick passes to move down the field. That resulted in 56 passes and just 28 running plays for the Pirates in a 56-37 come-from-behind win for the Gamecocks.

"We won the football game and had a lot of players playing for the first time," defensive line coach Brad Lawing said following Monday's practice. "We have a lot of improvement to make. It was a satisfactory performance, but we need to play better. We know that."

The weather in Columbia was just as dreary as the first 20 minutes of Saturday's game in which the Gamecocks trailed 17-0. Rain forced the team indoors as they began to prepare for Saturday's conference opener against nineteenth-ranked Georgia. The Bulldogs present a completely different challenge for the defensive line than the Pirates did.

"It's a team that's not going to throw the ball each time," Lawing said. "That was what was so different last week. Their whole thing they do on offense is pass, pass, pass so we constructed a defense up front to help us with that."

The Bulldogs bring more of a balanced attack that relies more on the run than the pass. In Saturday's 35-21 loss to fifth-ranked Boise State, the Bulldogs trailed most of the game which resulted in Aaron Murray throwing 29 passes with 31 rushing attempts.

"Georgia's a fine football team," Lawing said. "Their bread and butter has always been to run the football and play-action pass. They try to be physical and pound the football at you, as well as doing a good job in pass protection . We've got to step up as a whole unit and play better. The mark of a good football team is if you get better and better from week to week."

Lawing believes his players will learn a lot from watching film of the way Boise State played against the Bulldogs.

"Boise really did well and played hard so we've been studying that film," Lawing said. "It's always good when we can see someone else playing hard and doing things the right way. It's a good teaching tool for our kids."

Jadeveon Clowney will be making his first appearance in the SEC after playing well in the season opener. Clowney was out there on the first defensive play of the game and was out there most of the night. Clowney finished with seven tackles, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up.

"He played well," Lawing said. "He made some mistakes, and learned from those mistakes. There was one play in particular that he had outside leverage on a run play and he ducks inside and the ball bounces on the outside of him. He was wrong and ran the ball carrier down the sideline about 15 yards away. A lot of guys couldn't recover from that mistake. He's going to be a good football player. He's going to learn every game and get better and better."

Georgia will also present a different challenge for the Gamecock secondary. Just because the Bulldogs would rather stuff it down your throat with the running game, Murray also has the ability to throw the long ball and he has plenty of options.

"Georgia's going to play smash-mouth football and play-action pass and throw it deep," defensive coordinator and cornerback coach Lorenzo Ward said. "We've got to accept that challenge. It's going to be good not to be spread out a lot but you still have a chance to give up big plays if you're not sound on your coverages."

Carolina will get Devonte Holloman back at Spur after being suspended the first game. Head coach Steve Spurrier commented that they may never take Antonio Allen out of the game after his spectacular performance and move Holloman, but Ward isn't buying that.

"If we play as many plays as we did last Saturday we're going to need him," Ward said. "Antonio got cramps and that's why we moved Demario out there. DeVonte will have a chance to play."

Ward also hopes to get Akeem Auguste back. Auguste sat out nearly all of preseason camp with an injury to the arch of his foot. He reaggravated the injury last Monday and did not make the trip to Charlotte. He did not practice Monday, but Ward hopes to have him back Tuesday.

"Clint (Haggard) says he's doing good so we'll take a look and see," Ward said. "He thinks he can play about 15-20 plays and if he can he'll help us a lot.


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