The Gamecocks are back up against another Big 12 offense.
“They’re a solid team. They play a little bit like Texas A&M on offense; quarterback gets the ball out of his hand quickly, excellent receivers, pretty good running game, and so forth,” stated Spurrier.
East Carolina’s offensive line coach Brandon Jones was an All-Big 12 conference center at Texas Tech and joined the Red Raider staff as an offensive assistant for two years. Also, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley spent some time at Texas Tech before making his way to ECU.
From the Big 12 to the SEC, Texas A&M’s Kenny Trill & Co. made all the difference, and South Carolina will be up against something a little similar on Saturday.
South Carolina is a “wait and see team.”
Practice makes perfect.
“We’re not real good on pass protection, and we’re not very good on pass rush. So we’re going to practice the heck out of it and see if we can get better”
The Texas A&M game was, in reality, “just one game”.
“But, it’s only one game. We’ve got to stay positive as coaches, players, fans; It’s one game.”
South Carolina was ranked no. 9 in the pre-season polls for a reason, and the Gamecocks are still a team to be reckoned with.
Football is a “team sport.”
“Football’s a team sport, and we all have to do our part. Our defense struggled the other night, and hopefully we can take the load off. But, the offense didn’t quite do it.”
An inexperienced defensive line and secondary did have an effect on this South Carolina team. The nearly 700-yards in total offense compiled by Texas A&M was the most ever given up by a Gamecock defense.
However when it comes to talent on the field, the offense didn’t bring all they had to the plate. Dylan Thompson faced East Carolina in 2012, due to a Connor Shaw injury, and will come in with some experience against this team. Plus, Damiere Byrd and “Busta” Anderson were extremely influential in that game against the Pirates and will play a big role on Saturday.