Defense the Front-Runner in Practice

Practice resumed Monday morning for the Gamecocks, after Sunday’s off time with Fan Appreciation Day. The Old Head Ball Coach noted it wasn’t the offense making heads turn, but the defense, that was making big plays on the field.

“It was a good practice for the defense,” head coach Steve Spurrier said.

“The offense struggled a bit. If you watched us practice, you would think we’ve got the all-conference players on defense and not many on offense. Hopefully none of our first (team) linemen get hurt. We’re thin in the backups on the O-line.”

The 10-year-coach hinted the offense was not exactly performing to the best of its ability, but high hopes and ideas are in the works.

“Maybe we’re just practicing a whole bunch of guys and we don’t look very sharp,” continued Spurrier on the play of his offense after today’s practice. “Hopefully myself and all of us offensive guys can get them going a little bit better. I thought we’d be a little better off, but we’re practicing a bunch of guys. They’re just rotating in. That’s probably a big part of it right now.”

The staff has been rotating several players through drills to prepare the team, but Spurrier noted later this week the reps would go in the primary players direction.

“Right now we’re coaching everybody and it’s sort of helter-skelter for the offense. But the defense is coaching everybody too. Their guys seem to know what they’re doing. They’re probably a little ahead of the offensive guys right now.”

“Probably Thursday or Friday we’ll have a scout team ready and start coaching the guys who are going to play in the games,” said Spurrier.

Defensive line coach Deke Adams was pleased with the overall performance of the D-line in Saturday’s scrimmage but notes its way too early to consider a line-up for the opener against Texas A&M on August 28th.

“We haven’t started focusing in on exactly what we’re doing with Texas A&M yet,” Adams said.

“We’re just trying to get better – better technique, better in our assignments and all that. Here in the next week or so we’ll starting looking down and focusing on that.”

Here is a run-down of players new to injury report for this week:
Brendan Nosovitch (shoulder)
Darius English (hamstring)

The Gamecocks will return to the practice fields on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. All practices from this point forward are closed.

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