VIDEO: Practice Recap-Making Progress

The South Carolina Gamecocks will take on the East Carolina Pirates at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, September 6. This week, Carolina has been continuing its preparations at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds”. Take a look at some action from practice today.

Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott noted Will Sport is listed to start at right guard over Cody Waldrop, and Alan Knott is now running with the team at center over Clayton Stadnik

“I’m not 100 percent sure yet (on who would start at center), but Alan Knott has had a good week of practice,” stated Elliott.

“These guys all work hard. They all deserve a chance to get in there and show what they can do. (Sport) had a great camp. These guys have opportunities to play. They don’t come out here and bust their tails for two-and-a-half hours for it to be so even to not give one guy another chance. He’s worked hard and he’s going to be given the opportunity to go out there and get the job done.”

Elliott said everyone associated with the South Carolina program was disappointed in Thursday’s season-opening performance.

“It was a very disappointing outing for us. It gets your attention,” noted Elliott. “But we faced a very good football team. They came out well-prepared and took it to us. We expect the same thing from East Carolina this week. We have to hone in on some of the skills that we’ve set throughout the course of camp and bring them out on game day. We’ve got another opportunity. No one game makes or breaks a football season,” added Elliott.

Senior A.J. Cann said this week has been a good regrouping process for the team.

Elliot notes this week, it’s all about the running game.
Elliott knows the Gamecocks will need to run the ball more effectively to beat East Carolina. “We’ve put a little more emphasis on (the running game). We had some opportunities to run the football last week. It just didn’t work out. We’ve got some backs that want to run it. We’ve got some lineman that want to block for it. We’ll see how it pans out on Saturday.”

Co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. said hopefully some younger guys will be able to get some action in the game against ECU.

Redshirt freshman tailback David Williams noted he may get a shot at the field on Saturday.

INJURY REPORT: Senior cornerback Brison Williams was held out of practice Wednesday with a bruised right forearm.

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