Another step closer towards the season, and the Gamecocks hit the ground running at practice Tuesday night.
Linebackers coach Kirk Botkin noted Tuesday was the first day in full pads and was certainly a learning day for the Gamecocks.
“We’re getting better,” Botkin said.
The third-year coach noted there were a few players that took a spotlight on the field during the Oklahoma drills.
“Jordan Diggs did good, Brison Allen-Williams showed some signs that he’s going to be a good player. They all brought something different, Kaiwan Lewis, they all did a good job showing some toughness, doing some little things we ask them to do as coaches and taking coaching in a good way, being physical and competing.”
Although, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward noted they don’t always bring out Oklahoma drills during the camp, it was time to make things a little tougher for the players.
“We feel like we got good football players and we want to make sure that we practice toughness, and sometimes you have to change things up to do that,” Ward said.
Linebacker Skai Moore missed part of practice on Monday, due to a slight back tweak coach Botkin said, but seems to be doing better. Moore noted his main goal for the year was to make as many plays as he could to set the garnet and black up for a win. Since last year, he has seen improvement on the field.
“Now, I know where my help is coming from, where my front is really going on stunts and stuff,” Moore said.
“Last year, I wasn’t really comfortable about all that, but this year I really have the defense down pat.”
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