1. ESPN’s College GameDay will be a huge influence.
As if Williams-Brice isn’t already loud enough, this Columbia vs. Columbia show-down will ignite a fire under the Gamecocks and their fans. Home games have played a part in South Carolina’s success, and Saturday will be no different.
The program will be televising from 9-noon from the famous Horseshoe in the middle of campus.
2. “We’re just working on the little things.”
Senior defensive tackle J.T. Surratt hit the nail on the head following Tuesday’s practice.
“The little things is what’s going to make us better. We’re focused on our fundamentals, doing things the right way, running the plays right, doing what we’re supposed to do when we’re supposed to do it.”
The defense struggled during last week’s game in Nashville, giving up two kick-off return touchdowns.
However, senior Dylan Thompson didn’t seem to doubt his team on Tuesday.
“I think you look at the game last week and you take away the kick-off returns, and our defense played pretty well,” noted Thompson during Tuesday’s presser. “We’ve got all the confidence in the world in our defense and our guys over there.”
3. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk will be a prime target.
“He’s a real good quarterback. He’s real good on his feet,” said Surratt. “We’ve got to be better at our assignment, better at containing the quarterback this week to keep him in the pocket.”
Mauk played in 13-of-14 games last season and threw for 1,071 yards. Against Indiana last Saturday, Mauk hit a career-best in completions, attempts, passing yards and rushing attempts.
4. Brison Williams feels comfortable at safety and corner.
Senior defensive back Brison Williams played safety for the first time this year at Vandy, after playing at cornerback the first three games of the season.
“It’s going good. I know safety. It really doesn’t matter. It’s the same to me (playing corner or safety),” said Williams.
Cody Waldrop (knee)
Brandon Wilds (shoulder)
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the latest from practice.