Giles helping to create a "New Carolina"

Freshman running back Jarvis Giles was on hand at Tuesday's press conference, answering questions as the Gamecocks look ahead to this weekend's home opener against Florida Atlantic. The young back from Tampa elaborated not only on his personal excitement for the game, but also on some of the things the Gamecocks are trying to improve on as a team as they move forward this season.


After seeing significant playing time in the loss against Georgia, Giles said he is extremely excited to finally suit up in the garnet and black in front of the home crowd for the first time.

"I've got chills, I've been having chills all week," Giles said with a smile. "Pretty much after the Georgia game, after the bus ride, I was thinking, you know, we lost this game, (but) I've got my first home game coming up, and I just can't wait to experience this."

One of the things that Giles emphasized the most was his excitement at the prospect of running out of the tunnel with over 80,000 Gamecock fans screaming at the top of their lungs.

"Gamecock fans, (with) 2001 coming on, and coming out of that tunnel. Right now I'm getting chills just talking about it. So, this is going to be my first experience, and I'm going to be excited."

Giles elaborated further, talking about his official visit to USC last year for the game against Arkansas. One of the most exciting moments he mentioned was when the fans thunderously chanted "Game-Cocks" only moments before the opening kickoff.

With the game against Florida Atlantic looming, many have wondered what kind of role the playmaker Giles as well as the other running backs will have in this upcoming contest. Although Giles has played a large part in the rushing offense so far, Coach Steve Spurrier said that other players may be getting more opportunities on Saturday.

"Jarvis has played a little bit like a freshman, he's done some good things here and there," Spurrier noted. "But he's done ok. Kenny Miles deserves a chance now to play; Brian Maddox and Jarvis have had several carries and played a bit. But Kenny Miles hasn't played yet, so we're going to give him a chance."

However, Spurrier made it clear that the Gamecocks are simply looking to utilize their best talent.

"We're still trying to find out who are best players are, simple as that," Spurrier said. "And you have to play games to find out; you can't always go off practice."

No matter who is carrying the ball, Giles stated his belief that the Gamecocks have turned a corner following the loss to the 'Dawgs, and are looking to build on the idea of becoming a "New Carolina."

"We actually fought you know, actually tried to come back and win, and that's something (the fans) didn't see a couple of years ago in Carolina, "Giles observed. "That's exciting to hear. We believe we are the ‘New Carolina' and we're going to just keep on striving and keep being the ‘New Carolina.'"

The confidence among the players despite the loss to Georgia has the Gamecocks believing big things are in store for the rest of the season. Giles believes that the Gamecock running backs and offensive players are helping to shape the new football identity at South Carolina. And according to him, this team will only become more of a "threat" throughout the year.

"Once we all came together on the same page, you've seen the damage we can do," Giles proclaimed. "That's pretty much our main goal, is trying to get better every week and put up more points."


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