Practice Recap- Special Teams Play Big Part

South Carolina was back on the Bluff Road ‘Proving Grounds’ once again on Tuesday evening. The Gamecocks are gearing up to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 13 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Preparing for a sold out game, Tuesday’s two-hour workout was a highlight of the ‘specialist’.

Head coach Steve Spurrier noted on Elliott Fry’s SEC Special Teams Player of the Week achievement in his Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Fry was successful on all four of his field goal attempts and was 3-for-3 on extra points. The Texas native accounted for 15 of the Gamecocks 33 points in the win against East Carolina this past Saturday.

As a South Carolina walk-on, Fry worked his way up to a scholarship with the Gamecocks.

“Coach Joe Robinson found out about him, and I think he had a friend who was a coach in the Texas area,” said Spurrier. “Like most schools, we offered him a chance to come on as a walk-on, and he’s an excellent student. He visited on his own, came on his own, and paid his own way that first semester. And fortunately, we had a scholarship available for him in January.”

Not only does Fry perform on the field, but he hits everything in practice. Spurrier noted, when a player does well in practice, you know he will be good-to-go on the field.

“He hits them all in practice, just about,” stated Spurrier.” When a kid hits them in practice, when quarterbacks throw well in practice, there’s a good chance they’ll do that in the games.”

Senior Patrick Fish also earned a mention from the Ole’ Ball Coach.

“Patrick Fish, the holder, he’s really good at that,” noted Spurrier. “I mean he’s on scholarship as a holder, really, and he’s the back-up punter. But, he’s super at that.”

“That whole extra point field goal team has done a super job.”

Also, junior Landon Ard, who handled kickoff duties for South Carolina in 2013, has improved on the field. Take a look at what he had to say after Tuesday’s practice.

Punter Tyler Hull spoke with the media after practice, as well. The senior noted special teams played a huge part in the team’s success over ECU last weekend.

The Gamecocks will resume practice on Wednesday.


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