Spurrier Jr. talks bowl practice

With bowl practice currently underway, wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. took time to talk about his group of players and preview the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska. Spurrier Jr. also talked about removing his name from consideration at Coastal Carolina and how he feels moving forward in Columbia.

On December 14th, it was reported that South Carolina assistant coach Steve Spurrier Jr. had removed his name from the Coastal Carolina coaching search where he was thought to be a top candidate.

Things have since returned to normal for the Gamecocks wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, as he continues to prepare his players for the Capital One Bowl on January 2nd.

"I've got a great job here," said Spurrier Jr. "I've got a great group of guys here, great group of players here. I've got three or four guys coming in that I think are excellent players. I just really have a great job here. But I honestly think that's a pretty dang good one too. I would imagine it's one of the better ones in the state. They have every reason to be able to recruit there and that's really an excellent position. But yeah I've just got a great job here."

Another thing making the entire Gamecock coaching staff feel good is the prognosis on the health of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who after surgery is recovering with an injured hand. But according to Spurrier Jr., Jeffery is confident in his health and will be ready to go for the bowl game.

"Absolutely," said Spurrier Jr. "And he's optimistic too. Julio Jones had the exact same thing happen to him last year. I mean exact same thing. So when he first found out about it he wasn't very happy, but when he heard Julio had it and two weeks later he played, he was a lot more confident about it. So he's fine and they'll do what they have to do."

Another player that has been missing early in bowl practice is wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who has returned to the basketball team, but will soon be pulling double duty as he prepares for the game against Nebraska.

"I'm looking forward to getting Bruce (Ellington) back," said Spurrier Jr. "Bruce will be back tomorrow morning, and we've kind of spotted him back and forth with football and basketball, and if he's competing a lot in basketball, we said, ‘go ahead and do a lot of that.' But he'll be here tomorrow morning, then they play Wednesday, and we get him all day Thursday and Friday. I couldn't imagine he's out of shape, or not prepared to go play football wise, so (we're) looking forward to getting him out here and getting him back in the game."

Ellington will play in the basketball game against Wofford on December 28th before flying to Orlando to join the team in their final preparations.

One big advantage to participating in a bowl is the extra practices, which many coaches compare to having an extra spring practice. Spurrier Jr. noted that he has enjoyed watching the young guys come along this year and in bowl practice, but that his players are still concentrating on winning that last game.

"Absolutely, we'll get all our young guys and try to make sure they get some good work here, and make sure they're in all our meetings and make sure we're coaching them hard during this period," said Spurrier Jr. But even the older guys we're doing a lot of just football stuff more than just direct Nebraska stuff right now. Half of it's direct Nebraska, half of it's just route running and being better at every position, being better at wide receiver. So definitely K.J. (Brent) and Shamier (Jeffery), I'm working with them as much as I can."

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