Play or rest?

South Carolina takes on FCS opponent Wofford this weekend with a few players still nursing some nagging injuries. This game is right before the battle with the Clemson Tigers. Do the Gamecocks play if they're ready or do they rest this weekend to get ready for Clemson?

To play or not to play…that is the question.

South Carolina heads into the Wofford game this weekend relatively healthy except for a few minor injuries to players like quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive Jadeveon Clowney.

Both players are suffering from foot injuries with Shaw's being a more recent issue with the initial injury occurring during the Tennessee game. Clowney's foot issues are something he's dealt with all season long and will likely require surgery after the season.

Shaw has spent time in a walking boot during the past few weeks and was placed in one again this past Sunday after the Arkansas game. He missed Monday night's practice but should practice on Tuesday.

This weekend's game against Wofford sits right before the annual Palmetto state clash between the Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers. This is a game South Carolina should win in comfortable fashion.

So, back to the question – play individuals like Shaw and Clowney this weekend or sit them out and rest for the Clemson game?

Steve Spurrier has an answer for you.

"This is a huge game for us," Spurrier said on Sunday. "This is a chance to win seven (home games), as we've talked about. We know it's not going to be easy. It never has been easy to beat Wofford. I don't know why we think it'd be easy to beat Wofford and hold some guys out. We're not holding anybody out this week."

South Carolina may be 2-0 against Wofford under Coach Spurrier, but it hasn't been easy. The Gamecocks narrowly defeated the Terriers in 2006 by the score of 27-20. In 2008, it took a late South Carolina score with 1:58 left in the fourth quarter for South Carolina to increase their lead 23-13 and eventually win the game by that same score.

You can see why Coach Spurrier wants his players on the field against the Terriers. The triple-option attack from Wofford currently averages 372.9 yards per game. The South Carolina secondary may not get as much work as they've been accustomed to the past two games, as the Wofford Terriers have only thrown the ball a total of 65 times this season.

It's obvious what Wofford does with the football. Run it - and run it well.

The main threat for the Terriers is Eric Breitenstein. The senior from Valle Crucis, North Carolina has rushed for 100 yards, or more, in nine out of 10 games played this season. He rushed for 321 yards and two touchdowns against Elon on September 29. Breitenstein also set the school record for career rushing yards in the first quarter of their overtime win over Chattanooga. Breitenstein scored the game-winner in the overtime period that clinched the Southern Conference championship for the Terriers.

It's a tough task for both teams this weekend. This style of offense from Wofford is very hard to prepare for and we've seen South Carolina's struggles in this game the last two meetings. Wofford, though, has yet to face a defense with the speed and athleticism that South Carolina will have on display.

As Spurrier stated, this is a huge game for South Carolina that helps keep their goals alive, including winning every home game for the first time since 1987. This is why you'll see Shaw, Clowney and any other Gamecock that's healthy, and ready, to play this weekend.

Let's just say Spurrier is hopeful he doesn't have another nail-biter on his hands.

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