Offensive changes coming?

South Carolina takes a hard loss to Auburn at home and leaves head coach Steve Spurrier promising changes. South Carolina's offense has struggled and Spurrier said the offense has got to regroup.

"Right now we're just going to lick our wounds and watch the tape," Spurrier said. "We need to make some changes. We'll look at the tape and see what they are."

One of the main concerns with the offense has been the play at quarterback. Fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia has struggled to produce this year since the Gamecocks' season opener against East Carolina.

Against Auburn, he only completed nine of 23 passes and had two interceptions. Spurrier said the Gamecocks had trouble running the ball and pinned the loss on the Gamecocks not playing smart.

"We throw interceptions on 2nd and 1 and 1st and 10. That's not real smart, but we're not real smart anyway and that's why we got beat," said Spurrier.

Sophomore tailback Marcus Lattimore was a little more optimistic about Garcia.

"He's had a tough week, but he fought hard the whole game really. He got some yards that we really needed. He's going to bounce back against Kentucky, a team that beat us last year," said Lattimore.

Back-up quarterback Connor Shaw has seen little playing time since starting the season opener. Shaw drove the offense right down the field on his first drive but fumbled in the red zone and then failed to move the offense on ensuing drives before giving way to Garcia in the second quarter.

Shaw got the start after outperforming Garcia during the open competition in preseason practice. And could get another chance this week as the Gamecocks take on Kentucky in their final home game before a three-game road stretch.

Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference that any personnel changes would be announced Monday or Tuesday.

With Garcia struggling, the Gamecocks have been relying on Lattimore to lead drives down the field, but Auburn shut down South Carolina's running game.

Spurrier said teams are going to stop the runner if the offensive line doesn't do their job.

"They're locking down on the run because we're not knocking anybody backwards much," said Spurrier. "We'll look around and see what we need to do differently."

Lattimore said the Gamecocks were outplayed by a very good defense that made it difficult for their offense to open up holes for him.

"We've just got to keep getting better -- get better in practice," Lattimore said. "The defense is doing what they need to do. It's just the offense and we've got to pick it up. He's going to preach that in practice."

Spurrier and assistant head coach Ellis Johnson both agree that the defense had a great game against the Tigers, but there is only so much they can do. The poor performance of the offense had them on the field for 92 plays.

"It affects you mentally too and you can't have, but so many bullets in the gun," said Johnson.

Seniors defensive end Melvin Ingram and spur Antonio Allen didn't make any excuses.

"We just played hard, we weren't tired. (Strength coach Craig Fitzgerald) conditioned us real good so when the fourth quarter comes we can still play like it's the first quarter," Ingram said.

Ingram said the team as a whole has things they all need to work on, but they can't dwell on the frustrations because that means they will go backwards instead of forward. Allen agrees and says no one person's efforts are good if the team loses.

"We just have to work hard and prepare for the next game, " said Allen.

"Go out and fix what we did to come up short so we don't have to come up short again," Ingram added.

Ingram and Allen's starting jobs are safe, but that may not be these case for some on the offense.

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