Freeman Impresses In First Practice

The Gamecocks opened the third spring of the Steve Spurrier era on Tuesday afternoon, and with Sidney Rice gone to the NFL, everyone wanted to know who would step up to help fill his shoes at wide receiver. If Tuesday's practice was any indication, JUCO transfer Larry Freeman will play a key part in helping to replace Rice. caught up with Freeman following Tuesday's workout, and the highly touted newcomer talked about his first day of practice with the Gamecocks and much more:

Question: How's it feel stepping in and being first on the depth chart, replacing Sidney Rice?

Answer: It's a little pressure, but I feel I can do it.

Question: Have you met Rice?

Answer: I hung out with him before I left for spring break. He's a good dude. I'm going to try to work out with him, so he can show me a little bit of his route running and stuff.

Question: How would you say the first day went for you?

Answer: I think I did pretty good today. A couple times I was open, I thought I should have had the ball thrown to me, but I think I did pretty good today.

Question: What other receivers caught your eye out there?

Answer: I'd say Jared Cook, Kenny McKinley, and (Moe) Brown.

Question: What are your impressions of Columbia?

Answer: To tell you the truth, I haven't really been out all that much. It's just a whole other level for me, and you've got to work out like all day, run, practice, go to class and study hall, so I don't really have time to do nothing.

Question: How's your ankle doing? (Freeman injured his ankle in the JUCO national championship game)

Answer: It's doing real good. I get it taped up every day and wear an ankle brace. I think it's doing real good.

Question: Has Coach Spurrier told you any kind of specific plans that he has for you in this offense?

Answer: Not really, I just want to step in and do my job and help the team win a national championship, SEC championship.

Question: What's the biggest difference between this level of play and what you saw last year at Pearl River?

Answer: I think it's going a little faster. You've got to read coverages faster, and everybody's going full speed all the time.

Question: How do you feel you are grasping the playbook thus far?

Answer: I think I'm getting used to it. It's alright, it's a little hard. I try to study a little bit every night, and it's coming along good.

Question: How'd the winter workouts go for you?

Answer: At first it was very hard, simply because I'm not really used to doing stuff like that, but it's coming along real good now. I'm used to it now.

Question: What goals have you set for yourself this spring?

Answer: I just want to do the best I can to help the team win. Coach Spurrier says he wants to win an SEC Championship, and I've just come here to help him win it.

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