Spurrier: Still plenty of coaching to be done

Exactly one week away from kickoff, the Gamecocks took to the "Proving Grounds" on Thursday afternoon and let the young players scrimmage for a large portion of the practice. According to Head Coach Steve Spurrier, he and his staff still have plenty of coaching to do in order to prepare the Gamecocks for battle in the season opener against N.C. State.


"I feel like we've got to coach really hard for a week to get these guys ready to play, that's how I feel," remarked Spurrier in response to how he felt about the team's status with one week remaining until the season opener. "We've got a quarterback who hasn't proven that he can play yet, an offensive line that has struggled, and a bunch of new running backs so we're really an unknown team. We've got some serious coaching to do between now and the (first) ball game so that hopefully our guys will have a chance to win the game."

Spurrier then turned his attention to the atmosphere that he expects to surround the game in Raleigh.

"They've got excellent fans up there (at N.C. State). It'll be loud, we know that."

The Wolfpack will be led by quarterback Russell Wilson who was injured in last season's matchup with the Gamecocks. Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh holds around 60,000 people who should be loud as their team sets out to seek revenge after last year's 34-0 loss at the hands of the Gamecocks.

According to Spurrier, the Gamecocks shouldn't be worried about the noise, but rather on being fundamentally sound for the duration of the game.

"We don't have a lot of fancy signals or snap counts, but we should be ok as far as that goes. Blocking, tackling, throwing, catching and things like that are what we need to be concerned about."


Brown confident in team, wide receivers

Senior wide receiver Moe Brown enters his fourth year with the Gamecock football program as a team captain and one of the most experienced players on the roster. Despite some of the poor outings that both the offense and defense have displayed in scrimmages this preseason, Brown believes the Gamecocks are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead in the upcoming season.

"(The team) has actually been looking pretty good out here the past few days," began the Anderson, SC native. "The past few days we've had good tempo and team spirit out here. Me and the guys are just itching to get the season underway, and we can't wait to play N.C. State next week. I think we're going to have a good chance to go up (to Raleigh) and be successful. Hopefully we can pull out a win."

Being the most experienced receiver on the team, Brown claims that he's been very impressed with some of the younger wide receivers who have matured a lot since arriving in Columbia.

"Stephen Flint's looking real good. He's been making a lot of plays, catching some difficult balls, and that guy can really run," Brown said.

Flint, a redshirt sophomore, is entering his third year with the program, and Brown says that experience has helped the Wando High School product climb the depth chart and possibly earn more playing time this season.

"He's been here for a few years so he really knows the offense. He knows how to get open and catch the ball and that's what receivers are supposed to do. When Coach Spurrier sees that, he's going to play you no matter who you are. I think he'll get more playing time than people think this year."

According to Brown, another receiver that has progressed well has been redshirt freshman D.L. Moore.

"D.L. Moore has improved in leaps and bounds from when he first got here last year. Even from the summer, I can tell that he is a lot more comfortable."

With a better understating of the offense, the lanky wideout from Kentucky has been able to use size and athleticism to make big plays on several occasions during the preseason.

"Now that he doesn't have to think so much out there, he looks like a natural and lets his athleticism take over. He's got a chance to be really good."

Redshirt sophomore receiver Jason Barnes proved that he has the ability to make plays while showing flashes of greatness season. Barnes 7 receptions for 76 yards in the Ole Miss game, two of which were incredible touchdown catches, left a lasting impression on many regarding the young receiver's potential. Brown says that Barnes has continued to show off his talent for coming down with difficult catches.

"(Barnes) has really been turning it on lately. He's coming down with some difficult catches that have made some people at practice say, ‘Whoa, did he really just catch that?'"

Along with Flint, Barnes, and Moore, Brown claims that Matt Clements has had several good days of practice after recently transferring back to wide receiver from cornerback.


Notes:

- Spurrier said that wide receivers DeMario Bennett and Dion LeCorn are doubtful for the Gamecocks' season opener against N.C. State next Thursday. Lecorn should be back anywhere between the second and fourth week of the season per Spurrier, and Bennett is expected to be back slightly earlier than that.

- Spurrier said that the defense looked decent during Thursday's scrimmaging portion of practice, but failed to elaborate on their performance any further.

- Offensive lineman Quintin Richardson is expected to start at N.C. State, but was held out of practice due to soreness/pain in his lower back. Richardson should return soon as the injury is not considered very serious, according to the USC SID.

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