Looking for more of the same from Wilds

Freshman tailback Brandon Wilds made his big debut in Knoxville last week, rushing for over 100 yards against Tennessee's defense. Running backs coach Jay Graham, who was actually a running back for the Volunteers back in the 90's, was happy with Wilds first career start. The Gamecocks will have to get more of the same from the freshman this weekend at Arkansas.

"He had good pad leverage and he did some good things, especially on that stage in an away SEC game," Graham said.

With sophomore tailback Marcus Lattimore out for the season with a knee injury and several other running backs out, Wilds has had some big shoes to fill.

Graham said they are taking the rest of the season game by game and working hard to make sure Wilds is ready and can finish each one strong.

"Just trying to get better every practice," said Graham. "Making sure his wind is up. He's been running harder in practice so he can stay going."

Graham said Wilds has got some things he needs to improve on, but sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw said the whole offense has got some improvements to make before taking on Arkansas Saturday.

"We can't rely on the defense to keep them shut out," said Shaw. "We've got to put some points on the board."

Graham said one good thing about Wilds is that he always wants to know how he can improve. Shaw agrees.

"He's a very humble guy and he's going to do anything to improve," said Shaw.

Wilds may be getting more help at the tailback position soon. Junior Kenny Miles was Lattimore's backup originally, but he sprained his wrist against Vanderbilt. He got some playing time against Tennessee and Graham said he's been doing better at practice.

"He's been practicing and catching the ball really well," said Graham.

Graham said Wilds does understand the scheme of what they've been trying to do on offense and hopes he'll continue to do well.

"Its one thing knowing it in the meeting room, but you have to know it under pressure in a football game and in a split second," said Graham.

Shaw says a win on the road boosts everyone's confidence too, but the whole team has still got to keep their eyes on what's ahead.

"You've got to keep preparing for the next game you're playing and on the road it's even bigger," said Shaw.

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