Quick Hits With Sidney Rice & Kenny McKinley

The sophomore wide receiver tandem of Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley has emerged as a solid 1-2 punch in the South Carolina passing attack this season. Thus far, the two have combined for 30 receptions, 530 yards, and 5 touchdowns in the first four games. GamecockAnthem.com caught up with the dynamic duo after Monday's practice, and they talked about the upcoming match up with Auburn and more.

Kenny McKinley

Question: Do you like the fact that Auburn doesn't seem to respect South Carolina?

Answer: Yeah, I love the fact that they don't respect us, because that gives us a chance. They'll come out thinking they're on top of the world right now, and they‘re just saying, ‘we're fixing to go smash these Gamecocks.' But we really think we can beat them, so if they come out thinking like that, it might be a bad day for them.

Question: Do you think about last year's game at all?

Answer: I try not to. They smashed us. No, I don't really think about it.

Question: You said before the Georgia game that you like the national spotlight, but you got shut out against the Bulldogs. Could this game serve as a little redemption?

Answer: Yeah, a little redemption. Like Coach (Spurrier) said the other day, that game was overshadowed by Texas - Ohio State, so hopefully nobody saw us (laughs). We'll be the only game this week.

Sidney Rice

Question: What kind of ball does Syvelle Newton throw? Is it a nice, catchable ball?

Answer: Yes, most of the time it's right there where it's supposed to be.

Question: Did you practice with Syvelle a lot during the pre-season, or were the first couple of games playing with him kind of a surprise as to the kind of ball he throws?

Answer: It was kind of a surprise. We didn't throw that much during the summer time. We threw a little bit during the week sometimes, but most of all, I caught them from Blake (Mitchell). Syvelle came in and he's doing a real good job. He knows how to throw it and where to put the ball.

Question: How does the speed differ from Florida Atlantic to Auburn, and how much does that matter to you all?

Answer: College speed is different. Every team has fast players. There are a lot of fast players, and we've just got to come out there, and we've got to play fast also.

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