Notes: Confidence Behind Thompson

South Carolina (3-3, 2-3 SEC) was back at the Bluff Road practice fields Wednesday afternoon and preparing for the Homecoming match-up against Furman (2-4) Saturday, Oct. 18. at Williams-Brice Stadium.

“We may be the only team in America that hasn’t played a back-up quarterback in the first six games. Does anybody have an account on that?”

Head coach Steve Spurrier said in Tuesday’s press conference that every game South Carolina likes to get as many guys on the field as possible; and that’s including the quarterbacks.

”All five, except the first one. We sort of got blown out of the first one, as you know. A&M had the ball the last nine or ten minutes of the game so we couldn’t get the back-ups (quarterbacks) in at the end there,” said Spurrier.
“But again, we’ve got to try to beat Furman, and then, get those guys in there, but we have talked about putting Connor Mitch, Perry Orth in a play or two. Maybe a little bit like we did Dylan, when Connor Shaw was playing.”

Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus noted getting playing time to the guys behind senior Dylan Thompson may be a possibility in the upcoming match-up.

“We’re talking about it,” said Mangus. “We’ve done it in the past. Those guys have gotten a bunch of reps this week so we’re looking forward to hopefully playing a bunch of guys on Saturday.”

Even Sharrod Golightly had something to say about the possible quarterbacks behind Thompson in Tuesday’s press conference.

“I have confidence in what we have on our team,” said Golightly. “They go through the same reps, have the same type of practices, and I have faith in anyone behind Dylan.”

Mangus made mention the team has not lost their confidence in Thompson as a leader.

“Dylan’s made a couple mistakes here or there but his play overall has been pretty good. I haven’t lost confidence in him at all,” said Mangus.

Thompson said after practice on Wednesday the team was sharp and the bye week was a nice change-of-pace for everyone..

”We felt like it was good for us. We had a really good week of practice,” said Thompson. “Guys I think could’ve done a lot of things in response to that game, and I feel like we grouped as a team and just came out and worked. And that’s what we needed to do: get better.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to practice again on Thursday afternoon.

Cody Waldrop
Mason Harris
Bryson Allen-Williams
Brandon Wilds (knee) and Corey Robinson (ankle) both were able to practice on Wednesday
Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott did not rule out offensive guard Mike Matulis for Saturday’s contest.
“Mike did a little bit today and he’s going to do a little bit more tomorrow,” noted Elliott. “You might see him in the game, I don’t know. There’s a slight possibility (he could play). We’re going to try to ease him back into it.“
Elliott notes that Will Sport has made strides with more playing time.
“I think playing consistently with the same group has helped him. When you insert a new guy, it affects the entire offensive line. The more you play, you tend to get better,” said Elliott.

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