Spurrier has said throughout the week that several players are going to get a chance to contribute more this weekend. While some assumed he meant young players, Spurrier said that is not necessarily the case for this Saturday.
"No, no I didn't say that. I said we're going to give some guys a chance that we think are just as good as the other guys," Spurrier stated. "We're going to try to win the game with our best players, that's what I'm trying to say. Because it's going to take our best players to beat Florida Atlantic."
Many fans have been clamoring to get a look at young playmakers like Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Miles, and Spurrier promised fans will see those two with an expanded role this weekend.
"We feel like Alshon and Kenny deserve a chance to play more," Spurrier emphasized. "We feel like they're right with the guys who have been playing."
On Thursday, news broke that the Gamecocks will be opening the 2010 football season at home against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Also, many fans were already aware a scheduled game against North Carolina had to be delayed until 2013 so that UNC could participate in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game next season. When asked if he is concerned with that game moving, Spurrier simply said that he had better things to worry about right now.
"Whatever they say schedule wise, I've got enough issues trying to score from the 10 yard line. We've got to score touchdowns from the 10 yard line, that's our issue right now on offense, as well as a lot of others," Spurrier stressed. "Lining up correctly, playing with very few penalties, those are the areas we're concerned with."
The Gamecocks also got a special visitor at Wednesday's practice, as former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffell stopped by to check out the team. Spurrier said it was great to have his former player around the team, and Wuerffell had some nice things to say about the Gamecocks as well.
"It's wonderful to see a former player, and certainly he was one of my all-time favorite players. He came out and said a few words to our team today," Spurrier said. "He basically just told them he watched us play on tv the last two games, we got a good team, and if we can get it all together, play a little bit more mistake free, you know, we've got a chance to have an excellent year."
Spurrier was also complementary of the intangibles Wuerffell possessed when he was at Florida.
"He's a guy that knows a lot about how to compete, certainly how to win, and he was a tremendous leader for us."
Finally, Spurrier was asked if the Gamecocks will be ready to play in their home environment this weekend. The Head Ball Coach has stressed throughout the week that his young team has a lot of work to do, but he insisted they are going to try and put on a show for the home crowd.
"We're going to be ready, ready to play our best," Spurrier said. "(We'll) try to improve on a lot of errors from last game, (and) see if we can't put on a good football performance here Saturday night."
- Safety Chris Culliver said he is going to be sharper and more focused on Saturday night than he was against Georgia, as is the secondary as a whole.
- Culliver also said he is confident in the kick return game, both in the ability of the team to return kicks as well as cover them. He said that even starters have to be ready to go on special teams.
- Eric Norwood said it would've been great to win the first two games, but stated that the team is very confident heading into the first home game, and they still have their "swagger."
- When asked if he had a special celebration planned for his record-setting sack, Norwood simply said he will watch himself due to the refs threatening to throw him out for excessive celebrations before. Still, he seemed very excited at the prospect of setting that record soon.
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