Practice Report: Cory Boyd To Miss FAU Game

The Gamecocks hit the practice fields on Wednesday afternoon as they continued their preparations for Saturday evening's contest against Florida Atlantic. Coach Spurrier put the team through another difficult workout, hoping the results will be a better showing than last weekend.

Spurrier promised at the beginning of the week that he would do whatever it takes to get players to show more intensity, starting in practice. So far, Spurrier has made the team practice in full pads on Monday and do live blocking drills on Wednesday. "[We] haven't had anybody complain yet," joked Spurrier. "So nobody wanted to forfeit their scholarship this week. We've done more intense work. This is just preparation to see how we play on Saturday night."

The main concern continues to be the offensive line. However, the only personnel change along the line will be at left guard, where three players will split time. Web Brown, Seth Edwards, and Matt Raysor are all expected to play there against FAU. "The o-line did a little better," Spurrier said. "We're just trying to pick up a more competitive nature. We'll see if it helps us. Raysor has come in a little bit more. He should get in the game, and we'll play it from there."

There are a handful of other players whose status for Saturday has been up in the air. After being listed as questionable, Cory Boyd is now almost certain to miss the game. He briefly practiced without the boot on his foot, but soon replaced the boot and sat out most of practice. "It looks like he's out," Spurrier said. "He hasn't practiced all week, so it looks like Mike [Davis], Taylor Rank, and Bobby Wallace will be the three running backs." Captain Munnerlyn participated fully in practice, after missing the last game with an arm infection. Two other players who will be making their return are Noah Whiteside and Ty Erving, both of whom were suspended for the first three games for violating school policy. It remains uncertain how much either will play, but both should see the field. Spurrier explained, "[Whiteside] is scheduled to play a little bit. Ty could play some special teams." Whiteside is "pretty close" to Moe Brown for the backup wide receiver spot.

As usual with a Steve Spurrier team, the main focus is on the quarterback. Spurrier gave some insight into his quarterbacks and what he expects of them this week. He said that Blake Mitchell and Syvelle Newton have split reps, "with Syvelle probably getting a little more, because he's never played quarterback until the last couple weeks." However, the fact that Mitchell is still getting a similar number of snaps plainly suggests that Spurrier expects him to be back in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.

Spurrier was vague about how he would use his two quarterbacks. "We'll start Syvelle, and maybe there'll be a spot for Blake." He later repeated his plans, making it clear that Mitchell would also play. "Syvelle is starting, and if there's a place for Blake to go in and help us, we'll put him in there."

Spurrier praised Newton for the work he has done while being thrown into the fire. "We're trying to coach him up real fast. He's made some improvement. Hopefully it will show Saturday night. Hopefully he'll stay in the pocket and not run out unless he has to. That just comes from the experience of doing it." However, Spurrier was pleased with Mitchell's work in practice as well. "They looked pretty good today. Usually they don't, so I want to say they do. I wanted to give them a little compliment. They did show improvement today in practice. It was encouraging."

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