Cory Boyd Talks About Kentucky Match Up

Junior tailback Cory Boyd has been one of the most versatile weapons in the Gamecock offense this season, as he has rushed for 212 yards and 3 touchdowns and recorded another 135 yards and 1 touchdown receiving, despite battling a high ankle sprain in recent weeks. caught up with Boyd on Tuesday, and he talked about the Gamecocks upcoming match up with Kentucky and much more.

Question: How is the team feeling coming off the Auburn game and going on the road for the first time in a while?

Answer: We feel great, even though we're coming off this loss. We still learned a lot of things, and we built our confidence last week. Hopefully the guys understand the importance of these games now, and we're just going to take them one game at a time, get in here and study Kentucky, and hopefully we can pull out another road win.

Question: Is there a different mentality going on the road?

Answer: There's always a different mentality. It's just you, your team, your coaches, and a select amount of fans that you have. You just have to have that togetherness. You've got thousands of people rooting against you, and we've just got to come together as a team. We know the importance of the game, and hopefully we can just get out there and do what we've got to do.

Question: Do you feel better about the offense after how you performed in the Auburn game?

Answer: We always knew we had the athletes. We just had to build a confidence, and we had to compete with each other before we could go compete with any other team. I just felt as though we challenged ourselves before we let anyone else challenge us. We went out there, and we tried to do the best that we could do, and the ball didn't roll in our court, but we're going to make it happen.

Question: Is there more pressure in these upcoming games against Kentucky and Vanderbilt knowing that if you don't win them it will be a lot tougher to qualify for a bowl game?

Answer: Not really. We have a good team, and we understand the importance of every game. We're taking it one game at a time and not taking anything away from Kentucky, because right now they're 3-2, the same as us. Every game is a make or break game for you if you don't go out and do what you're supposed to do, but Coach Spurrier is getting us in here and getting us ready. He's not taking them lightly. We're not going to take anyone lightly. We're not that good of a team to do that yet, and hopefully things will pan out well and we can win the rest of these games. Hopefully we can win the rest of these games.

Question: What were your initial thoughts when you learned that Syvelle Newton would be stepping in at quarterback a few weeks ago?

Answer: A smile came to my face. I love to see Syvelle in the backfield under center. He brings so much enthusiasm to the spot, and he helps out with everybody. He opens up a lot of dimensions on the offense and brings a scrambling game. He brings a lot that other teams don't understand what he's got. He's got quick feet, he's got an accurate arm, and he's a great player.

Question: Has Syvelle adjusted more quickly to Coach Spurrier's system than you would have imagined?

Answer: No, I always knew Syvelle could do it. He's a great passer, and he should have been back there all along, but he wanted to go play wide receiver. As you can tell, he's a great runner. I knew the potential that he had since our freshman year, and just that he needed time to learn the offense and get in and do what he had to do.

Question: How's your ankle doing?

Answer: It's okay. It could fall off, and I'm still going to play. I'm good, no matter what. I'm not going to sit out any more games from injuries hopefully, and I'm just going to go out there and play and be the best player I can be for my team.

Question: You mentioned that South Carolina and Kentucky are both 3-2. Do you believe that this team is similar to Kentucky's level?

Answer: I'm not going to say we're better than Kentucky, and I'm not going to say they're better than us. We're a football team, and they're a football team. That's why we strap on these pads and we go out there on these Saturdays and Thursdays and play. Let the best team win.

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