Practice Recap- Tough Offensive Line Ahead

Against East Carolina, the defense forced their first turnover of 2014 in the third quarter. South Carolina also notched seven quarterback hurries in the game, the most for a Gamecock defense since posting 10 against Georgia on Oct. 6, 2012. Following Tuesday’s two-hour workout at the Bluff Road ‘Proving Grounds’, defensive line coach Deke Adams noted the team will have a tough offense ahead.

“They’ve got a good offensive line,” stated Adams of Georgia’s front five. “Every offensive line we face in this conference is going to be a good offensive line. We’ve got to continue to get better week-to-week and line up and be ready to play.”

As a whole, the defense performed significantly better in Saturday’s game.

“I think we all got better (against East Carolina),” noted Adams. “We’ve still got a long way to go. We’ve still got a lot of work to get done. We’ve got to take it game-by-game and try to work on different things as we go and get better as we go.”

Junior free safety T.J. Gurley picked off his second career pass with his interception of ECU’s Shane Carden in the third quarter last Saturday.

“They (coach Lorenzo Ward and coach Grady Brown) just thought T.J. (Gurley) was ready to play, and Rico McWilliams played his best game ever as a Gamecock last week, also,” noted head coach Steve Spurrier in Tuesday’s press conference. “Both of those men we singled out for really playing well.”

Spurrier noted Gurley would be one of the captains this week going into Saturday's Bulldog match-up.

The Gamecocks will be racing Georgia’s Todd Gurley to slow him and the Bulldog rushing game down.

“We’re going to do our best,” said Adams. “We’re going against four really great running backs that could probably start for any team in this conference. It’s going to be a challenge for us to contain them but we’re going to do our best. Our guys are going to be in position to make plays. We’ve just got to make them when we’re there.”

“(Gurley) is an aggressive runner,” noted Adams. “He runs very hard and he runs very physical. We’ve got to get him on the ground. We’ve got to tackle him and get him on the ground.”

Spurrier also noted Gurley is probably the leading Heisman candidate right now for his outstanding performance against Clemson two weeks ago.

“We gotta tackle him, but they have a bunch of other backs too,” said Spurrier. “We just have to play football, tackle whoever’s got the ball.”

“We’ve got to really, really be on top of our game, and see what happens here Saturday afternoon.”

Sophomore Gerald Dixon had a cleat mark that became bruised up and missed a little bit of action on the field this week.

His brother, Gerald Dixon, Jr., blocked a field goal in the game against East Carolina. It was the first for South Carolina since 2011.

The Gamecocks will resume practice on Wednesday. GamecockPride.com will have you latest South Carolina updates.


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