Spurrier Says Gamecocks Are Ready
After practice, Steve Spurrier said that the team is right where it should be with three days until the first game.
"We had a typical Wednesday practice," Spurrier said, "and we're looking forward to the game Saturday night. Our guys should be really ready to play. We should play well."
At this point, the players know the playbook, know the game plan, and know their responsibilities. They have not played a game, so they have not had a chance to make any mistakes on assignments. All that is left to do this week is fine tune things.
"We're working on running our plays, and our defenses, and our special teams execution," Spurrier said. "We try and plan for everything, and as you play your games, you will learn you should have been prepared for this, that or the other. This is a typical week of preparation for a game."
Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Smelley will start against Louisiana-Lafayette, and it will be his third appearance in a game. He played briefly a year ago in the season opener at Mississippi State and again the next week against Georgia. Spurrier said Smelley is much more prepared to play this year, and one of the reasons is a correction in his throwing motion.
"He's throwing the ball better," Spurrier said. "I think he knows where to throw it. He's not throwing as many screwballs as he threw last year. It used to come out of the back end of his palm occasionally. He's throwing the ball very well."
Sophomore signal-caller Tommy Beecher will split time with Chris Smelley at quarterback on Saturday night.
Smelley will split time behind center with Tommy Beecher, and Spurrier said Beecher is just as prepared to play as Smelley.
"They're both about the same, to tell you the truth," he said. "That's what's going to be so interesting about the game Saturday night. It's going to be interesting to see which one plays the best. They might both play about the same, who knows."
- Jordin Lindsey has still not been granted his NCAA waiver, but he did receive some good news. Spurrier said that one of Lindsey's grades had been changed, raising his GPA.
- USC will have a light workout on Thursday afternoon, followed by a walk-through on Friday.
- During the practice, workers were at Williams-Brice Stadium testing the new sound system. The system sounded like it worked fine, meaning all systems are go for Saturday.
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