Gamecocks Work Through Light Monday Practice

Fresh off a 24-17 road victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Gamecocks returned to the practice fields for a light workout on Monday evening. The team will practice on Monday through Thursday of this week and then enjoy the weekend off.

Coach Steve Spurrier met with the media following Monday's session, and the Ball Coach talked about how the team will use the bye week. "We just had a little practice day today and will have a bigger one Tuesday and Wednesday and go from there. We may scrimmage a little bit Tuesday or Wednesday and let some of the young guys play a little bit and see who wants to play," said Spurrier

With half of the 2006 season already in the books, Spurrier says that the Gamecocks are still searching to find who their best players are. According to Spurrier, the coaches will use this week to evaluate several of the younger players in practice to see who deserves a chance at more playing time. "We're still trying out guys. We've got some that haven't played much yet, so we're still in the try-out business down here. We don't know who are best players are yet."

Spurrier reiterated his frustration with the Gamecocks play against Kentucky over the weekend, and due to the lack of effort and missed assignments by a handful of players, Spurrier said that changes are likely to be made. "We need to make some more changes. Our effort and assignment was not very good the last game. We were very fortunate to beat Kentucky as it turned out. We had some players play well, but overall we were pretty fortunate to win the game."

Despite his obvious displeasure with some of his team's play in the first half of the season, Spurrier believes that the Gamecocks still have the makings of a quality football team. He insisted that the team will continue moving forward and working to correct the mistakes, as he said, "I refuse to believe (that this is the best we can play), because I've seen us play well, but for some reason we're having trouble getting the guys to really play their assignment and play with great effort. We'll keep trying. I don't think we need to settle for just being a mediocre bunch."

Two days after letting off some steam in the post-game press conference after the Gamecocks narrow win over Kentucky, Spurrier reaffirmed his comments about potentially using wide receivers in the defensive backfield in prevent defense situations. "We've got to use the best players we can to try to win the game. It's as simple as that. Guys can't worry about getting their feelings hurt. This isn't Pop Warner football where everybody gets to play. You play your best players to try to win the game," said Spurrier.

South Carolina's next game will come on Saturday, October 21 when the Gamecocks travel to Nashville, TN to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (EST).

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