VIDEO: "Small Steps in the Right Direction"

South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) is now preparing for Eastern Division rival Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC). Tuesday night the Gamecocks were back on the Bluff Road ‘Proving Grounds’ working hard to get another SEC win under their belts.

The defensive performance against Georgia in Week 3 was a marked improvement over the previous two games.

“Each week we’ve been taking small steps in the right direction,” said defensive backs coach Grady Brown. “The only problem is in this league you need to take big steps in a positive direction. That’s what we’re focusing on. Each week we’ve played a little bit better, but a little bit is not going to get it. We need to make a jump.”

Linebackers coach Kirk Botkin noted the South Carolina team was getting better, but still not where they need to be.

“We’re not there yet. We need a little more consistency, but we’re getting better. Every game brings new challenges. You have to come out here and work, pay your dues, work on tackling and work on taking good angles. As long as you’re doing that I think good things will happen.”

Also, Botkin noted his starting group of linebackers is not set in stone.

“We’re still maybe tinkering. It depends on how you play and how you practice. We play a lot of guys,” noted Botkin.

Like Botkin, coach Brown’s secondary is not laid out quite yet.

“We’re just trying to get the best players on the field at that particular time, depending upon down and distance, depending upon what the offense is trying to do. We’re just trying to put the best players on the field that can help us win and get us off the field on third down and get to third down for that matter,” said Brown.

Check out what head coach Steve Spurrier had to say about the team’s effort at Tuesday’s press conference.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm ET on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

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