Gamecocks Go Through Light Sunday Workout

One day after the first scrimmage of the fall, the Gamecocks returned to "The Proving Grounds" for a light practice on Sunday evening. Wearing helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts, the team focused primarily on special teams and two-minute drills. Read inside for an in depth report from Sunday night's workout.


Meeting with the media after practice, Steve Spurrier did not have much to say, but he did drop one nugget that will grab the attention of everyone in Gamecock Nation. Speaking about the progress of the offensive line, Spurrier said, "They are improving. They're getting better. We'll have a better line than we had last year at this time."

The Gamecocks will practice twice a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this week. The first two-a-day was originally scheduled for last Friday, but the morning practice was cancelled. Spurrier downplayed the importance of two-a-days.

"I don't really know how much more you get out of practicing twice," he said. "As long as you meet and walk through, you can get a lot accomplished. I'm a big believer that you can learn a lot in the meeting room and walk-throughs and stuff like that."

On Wednesday night, the second session will be a scrimmage for the starters. The scrimmage will not be open to the public because of security concerns. However, there will be another open scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

The hardest work of the day for the team probably came Sunday afternoon, during Fan Appreciation Day. Spurrier estimated that he signed at least 500 autographs, and talked about how he tried to "coach up" the autograph seekers.

"I can sign pretty fast," he said. "Sometimes I can sign faster than they walk through. I like to see the line continually moving. I try to keep them walking."


Maddox Learning The Ropes

Highly touted freshman running back Brian Maddox was one of the focal points of the scrimmage on Saturday. He made several nice runs, but also made some mistakes. Sunday evening, he talked about how exciting it was to get his first taste of action as a Gamecock.

"It was great being out there running around," he said. "It was fast out there, way faster than high school. [Adjusting to the speed] has been a little smoother just because I played in the All-American bowl down in Ft. Lauderdale. The holes closed very quickly there, and that was a bigger step than high school ball here in South Carolina. They close real quick, so you have to be patient."



Brian Maddox finds a hole during Saturday's scrimmage. He finished the day with 6 carries for 21 yards.


Maddox said he relies a lot on veterans Cory Boyd and Mike Davis for guidance as a young player.

"They are teaching me all the steps," he said. "I get in the playbook basically by myself at night. I think I've got a great feel for the playbook."

He is not sure if he will be asked to redshirt this season. Spurrier has said he hopes to be able to redshirt Maddox, but Maddox still hopes to play.

"I definitely think I will get to play and contribute to the team in some way, in the backfield and on special teams. The final decision will lie between Coach Spurrier and [running backs] Coach [Robert] Gillespie."

Whenever a running back has done an interview this fall, his fellow rushers have tried to distract him by shouting pleasantries. After appearing on ESPNU's Summer House, "Hollywood" Maddox hears even more from his teammates. As he talked about looking forward to two-a-days on Monday, his comments were interrupted by Davis. "We love you Brian!" Davis shrieked in a piercing falsetto. "You are so cute!"


Notes:

- Senior defensive end Jordin Lindsey practiced for the first time this fall on Sunday night, but Steve Spurrier still said he had not been officially cleared to be academically eligible.

- Reserve center Jeremy Burgess got a mild concussion during the scrimmage and was held out of practice. Spurrier described the injury as "a slight contusion of the brain."


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