Spurrier Invites Fans To Friday Scrimmage

The Gamecocks worked through their tenth practice of the spring on a windy Wednesday evening at "The Proving Grounds" practice fields off Bluff Road. The two hour workout was the team's final tune up before Friday afternoon's scrimmage at Williams Brice Stadium, which Coach Steve Spurrier announced was moved up from Saturday in order to give the players the weekend off.


"We'll scrimmage Friday at about 3:30," said Spurrier following Wednesday‘s practice. "Anybody that wants to come out, (there is) free admission in the stadium. We're not going to practice on Saturday. We'll give the guys off for the Easter weekend, then come back to practice on Monday."

Spurrier, who wasn't pleased with his team's intensity and execution in the first few scrimmages, encouraged fans to come out to Friday's scrimmage in order to give the session a game-like feel.

"Hopefully we'll have a big crowd (Friday). Anybody who doesn't have anything to do, come on out Friday afternoon. We'd love to have you here in the stadium," said Spurrier. "We'll find those that like football and aren't afraid. That's why I want some people in the stands. Our guys get nervous out there - you put a few people in the stands, get some real looking referees, a few sports writers covering it, television boys - they get nervous. That's what we want. We want to see if they can play under game-like conditions. Hopefully we'll have a good crowd Friday afternoon."

With Spurrier's first two recruiting classes on the roster this spring and a third class on the way, the Ball Coach was asked if it was any different coaching this team compared to his first two years at USC.

"I don't look at it that way. We coach what we've got. Hopefully our attitude is a little bit better. Hopefully we'll have a good semester academically and things like that," said Spurrier. "We're still trying (to find the kids that want to play), but this isn't our final team. As you know, we've got a lot of freshmen coming in that can help us."

When asked which players have caught his eye with their improvement this spring, Spurrier praised the play of two of his junior cornerbacks.

"Stoney Woodson has improved from last year's play. He has played very solidly," said Spurrier of the Tampa, FL native who was timed running a 4.35 second forty yard dash in winter conditioning. "Carlos Thomas is much improved. We're expecting the defense to be much improved from last year, and those two players have shown it thus far. Now we've got a bunch of freshmen who will come in and try to beat them out, and they'll have a chance to beat them out. So we'll see how it all plays out."


NOTES:

- Spurrier said Friday's 85-90 play scrimmage format will be similar to last Saturday's, where the coaches kept score between the offense and defense.

- On the status of left tackle Jamon Meredith, who injured his ankle in last Saturday‘s scrimmage, Spurrier said, "He's going to try to play a little bit on Friday. He's all right. We're all healthy."

- Spurrier praised the play of three mid-year enrollees who have helped to bolster the defensive line this spring, as he said, "Travian (Robertson) and Ladi (Ajiboye) have done well and Clifton Geathers has done well. All three of them are going to play."

- The Ball Coach commented on the play of his three running backs entering into Friday‘s scrimmage, by saying, "Taylor (Rank) had a heck of a scrimmage last week. Cory (Boyd) was solid. I hope Bobby (Wallace) has a couple of big runs Friday. He's very capable."

- Cornerback Stoney Woodson worked with the first team defense, ahead of Captain Munnerlyn, for the second consecutive practice.

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