Inconsistency is the name of the game for South Carolina. Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott noted his unit has been stable the past two games.
“There are ups and downs, kind of like we’ve had with our offense,” noted Elliott. “There have been some “goods” in both games and some “bads” as well. We probably played a lot more consistent (against Kentucky) than we did two weeks ago (against Missouri). We’re looking to continue that consistency. We’re trying to get a stable first five in there and that’s usually when you start to see it.”
With its first loss against the Wildcats since 2010, South Carolina’s offense finished with 500 total yards of offense, the most yards by the Gamecocks in a game this season. South Carolina’s 282 yards rushing is the most by the Gamecocks this season as well and fourth highest rushing yard total by the Gamecocks in the Spurrier era.
Also, senior quarterback Dylan Thompson has taken some heat in the coming week for the Kentucky game. When in reality, Thompson finished off 23-for-37 in the air for 218 passing yards and one touchdown. Although having three interceptions, Thompson now has 3,404 passing yards and moved to 12th all-time in South Carolina history for passing yards.
“I think watching to film you know what you messed up on, and you come out here and work on that,” said Thompson, “and just learn from it.”
“That’s what films for; learn from it and grow. I thought we did a good job of that this week so far.”
Offensive lineman Mike Matulis, who has been out the entire season with a knee injury, is getting closer to recovery.
“I think he’s getting a lot closer than he has been. He’s been out here running and rehabbing. The one thing that he’s got to do is get stronger. I think his leg has to get stronger. He’s got to build that muscle back up there,” said Elliott. “He’s made tremendous strides, so we’ll see how he looks next week.”
Senior left guard A.J. Cann said the team captains called a team meeting and made it a point to notice the team was only a couple of plays from coming out 5-1 in the season.
“I just told the guys we’ve got to avoid all the stuff people are saying about us and come together as a team. I think we’ll be fine. I don’t think anybody has lost their confidence. I believe in my team. I think they have confidence in themselves. I have confidence in them. I think we’ll be fine,” said Cann.
Cann notched his 44th career state against Kentucky and surpassed Todd Ellis (1986-1989) for sixth all-time in school history in career starts.
All-star Pharoh Cooper also indicated the meeting was a helpful way to bring the team together.
”A couple people spoke their mind about how we felt about the whole situation we’re in, but we’re just going to take it in,” said Cooper.
The Gamecocks will practice again on Thursday afternoon before taking the rest of the weekend off.