Taneyhill on Gators: We can play with them

Las Vegas doesn't think much of South Carolina's chance Saturday against the #3 Florida Gators, but Gamecock legend Steve Taneyhill says, "We have a chance to win." Read inside for his lookback at the Arkansas win, and what he says about what it will take to be eating Gator steaks come Saturday night.

On the win over Arkansas: "A lot of different stuff from the offense, formations, etc. I'm not a two quarterback guy, so I don't like running the plays in with the quarterback, so it's tough for a quarterback to get in a rhythm. The play by Jared Cook was a heck of a play.

"Kenny McKinley is a heck of a player. When we struggled there in the middle part of the season when McKinley was hurt, that's the reason. He is awfully talented. I thought the quarterbacks did enough to win. We still don't have that great running back - that's the same every week - but a win's a win. It puts us in position, hopefully, for a bigger bowl. I understand not wanting to show a whole lot with the next two games we have on the schedule. Any time you get a win like that in the SEC, it is a positive step."

Emory and Henry formations: "I've tried that a few times. They're just trying to get them to line up differently and move around and create some spaces; its good for a couple plays. I'm not sure our offense is good enough to get out there and do those crazy things. Maybe he (Spurrier) saw something on film. Even when I say what I did about rotating quarterbacks, it's hard to argue with a coach like Steve Spurrier. He's awfully good at what he does.

"Sometimes you don't always understand what they are trying to do, other times you do. I understand with those formations you are trying to give them a different look, do some different things, and if it works, it works!"

To be competitive with Florida: "I think we're going to have to control the ball. That's hard to do without a great running game, but we have to keep Florida's offense off the field. We have to limit them to somewhere around 50 plays, if you can do that.

"Our defense is awfully good, but this is one of the best offenses in the country, with speed everywhere, and a quarterback who can do about anything – run, throw, whatever the situation demands. I think our special teams are going to have to make a few plays, and help us out.

"On offense, we're going to have to control the ball the best we can, and NO TURNOVERS. This is one of those games where if you don't turn it over, you've got a great chance. Make some plays on 3rd and 5 or 3rd and 7, get the ball to our better players and let them make something happen for us.

"We have a chance to win. I think we do just because our defense is so good. I think we can play with them. Our secondary is awfully good. On offense, the thing Carolina has to do is control the ball and not go three and out, and not let Florida's offense be on the field all day long."

Taneyhill is currently the head coach of the Chesterfield Rams, who he led to the state championship last year. He updates us on how his team is doing in the state playoffs:

"We won 41-7 Friday, we have Ninety-Six here in the second round, they're 9-2. We have to keep playing. This is the best time of the year for high school football – it's win or it's over, and wait until next year. My kids enjoy it. We kind of do a complete 180 how we practice – the kids go so much harder. We're going to have a good game Friday night."

Should both teams win, next week would be a major showdown between the Calhoun County program Carolina fans have heard a lot about this season because of players being recruited from there, and Taneyhill's Rams.

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