Looking to bounce back this week from dropping to No. 24 in the AP Poll, senior quarterback Dylan Thompson says it’s certainly a step up from last week to come off a win going into the next game.
During the press conference following Saturday’s win, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward noted he got to catch a bit of the Georgia vs. Clemson game on opening weekend. “They’re a physical football team,” said Ward.
“We got to go to work tomorrow. We know it’s going to be a physical football game.”
The No. 6 Bulldogs will certainly be no walk in the park for the Gamecocks, but another week will bring new opportunities to learn and grow for this South Carolina team.
Coming off a win, the confidence not only builds in the squad but the fans as well. Head coach Mark Richt spoke with the media on Sunday about the upcoming match-up. Georgia has not taken a win at Williams-Brice since 2008. In 2012, the Bulldogs traveled to Columbia and fell 35-7 against the Gamecocks. Richt noted the environment and atmosphere is a big influence on the field.
“We have to play better there. It is a tribute to their fans," said Richt. "They do a great job and when you give them something to cheer about it is even worse. The lasting impression on me is what happened two years ago, and we have to do a better job there.”
Quarterback Hutson Mason may have some problems, also. Richt said the young QB has less experience with an electric atmosphere like South Carolina’s.
"Even Hutson Mason, I don’t know if he’s been in a game that has been quite this loud. The quarterback is the guy that has to be able to handle the noise more than anyone. It is going to be interesting to see how he handles it.”
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