"Some of our guys got smashed last night, they acted like they were afraid of LSU."
A telling quote by head coach Steve Spurrier on his Sunday teleconference with the media but could possibly explain the Gamecocks misfortunes this past weekend against LSU.
Spurrier admitted that he was extremely disappointed in the effort level of some of the Gamecocks on Saturday night. South Carolina did not perform up to the level that everyone saw just a week earlier when the Gamecocks dominated the Georgia Bulldogs. South Carolina allowed 406 yards of total offense, including 258 yards on the ground. LSU's offensive line had undergone another change this past weekend to include a few new starters, but they handled the stout Gamecocks defensive line all night long to pick up huge yards in the rushing game. It was certainly out of character this season to see the Gamecocks front line get dominated up front like that.
Spurrier himself didn't mention any specific unit when it comes to their effort level this past weekend, but he's not hesitant to make a change at all.
"Hopefully, we can regroup. Hopefully, we can maybe make a few changes here and there if we have to and put a team on the field down in Florida with a little more fire and act like they really want to play football. Very disappointed in the way a lot of guys played the game, but all we can do is try to put….if we need to put somebody else in, try to do that, so we'll be looking at that as we go through this week."
Steve Spurrier is not afraid to shake things up if he sees a problem. We all know his history with quarterbacks throughout the years. We won't know who or what Coach Spurrier changes up this week for the Gamecocks but he has to hope they'll avoid some of the things that plagued them against LSU.
"The tackling wasn't very good. Our assignments offense, defense was very poor. It was hard to figure out why we couldn't mentally really get into the game and make a go at them."
Even with all the struggles the Gamecocks had Saturday night, they were still in it in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the football game. South Carolina had the lead in the fourth quarter but an untimely turnover eventually cost the Gamecocks the game, as they made a valiant effort to have a chance in the closing seconds only to lose by two points.
"Any time you're ahead in the fourth quarter, you certainly have a chance to win the game. We didn't do it, simple as that."
The Gamecocks will hope for a different outcome this weekend as they travel to Gainesville to face the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators this Saturday on CBS.
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