Columbia, SC- The last few times out haven’t been pretty for the Gamecocks, and Head Coach Steve Spurrier hasn’t pulled any punches about it. “I’m not a very good coach right now” was the statement from the last time the HBC talked to the media. But this is a new week, and possibly a new team.
“We have some good senior leadership…they want to finish the best they can,” Coach Spurrier said. The team will have to start the second half of the season with a very game Furman team that Coach Spurrier noted for their defense. “We really need to concern ourselves with how we play. We need to play sound, fundamental football…I’m trying to see [us] play the best we can.” Compounding this issues with improving play is the number of injuries to the offense. Senior RB Brandon Wilds will probably be out for the game, as well as junior offensive guard Mike Matulis. On defense, safety D.J. Smith will not be able to play the first half of the game due to the targeting call in the Kentucky game.
However, playing a lot of new faces doesn’t seem to bother the HBC at all. “Every game, we want to play as many players as possible…we would like to put Connor Mitch or Perry Orth in, like we did with Dylan when Connor [Shaw] was here. “But first,” Coach Spurrier noted, “We have to beat Furman.”
Beating Furman could be easier said than done. Carolina only holds a 27-20-1 record against the Paladins, although Carolina has won 12 of the last 13 dating back to 1950, with the Gamecocks holding the only win since 1982. That win came in 2010 at Williams-Brice, when Stephon Gilmore’s 80-yard interception put the Gamecocks up 38-19 in the 4th quarter.
Also noted by Coach Spurrier is that the team will vote on permanent captains today. The vote is set to happen after practice, and Gamecock Pride will have the results up tomorrow.
The USC-Furman game is at noon, EST, at Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC. It is broadcast on the SEC Network.