"The offense has made some improvement, but still can make so much more," said Spurrier after evaluating the tape from his team's win over FAU. "We can't hit a deep pass to save our lives. We've got a long ways to go, but the running plays were encouraging."
The Head Ball Coach was encouraged by the emergence of a rushing attack, led on Saturday by true freshman Jarvis Giles, who tallied 113 yards and a touchdown on only 11 carries.
Still, Spurrier is looking for more improvement from quarterback Stephen Garcia, who he says has to play at a high level to beat a potent and highly ranked team like Ole Miss.
"He's got to play really well if we're going to beat the top teams," Spurrier stated. "I mean really well. He's not done that yet, but he's capable, so we're waiting on that to happen."
Spurrier did compliment Garcia's rushing abilities, stating that, "as far as scrambling out of the pocket, he's as good as about anybody doing that."
Spurrier was also very complimentary of this year's Ole Miss team, especially their star quarterback, Jevan Snead.
"Jevan Snead, he's a heck of a passer," Spurrier proclaimed. "We'll have our hands full."
Despite that, Spurrier said that this Ole Miss team is slightly unknown, having only played two games thus far.
"I haven't watched a whole bunch of them; they've only played two games (so far). We're sort of referring back to last year's tape a little bit, and how they tried to play us and so forth."
Avoiding turnovers has been very beneficial for the Gamecocks, who currently sit at plus four in turnover margin.
"That's good, we were way down before," said Spurrier. "And I guess we could have lost the two games we won if we'd turned it over about four times."
Finally, Spurrier said that he couldn't make any predictions on the game, as there are so many unknown factors playing into the outcome. He did stress the fact that his team needs to make big plays and score points in order to keep up with the talented Ole Miss offense.
"I don't know how it's going to turn out," Spurrier elaborated. "Never know and we're not going to make any predictions on it. Whatever it takes to try to win the game. The offense needs to stay out there a while, and we need to try to take a lot of big shot plays. You just try to get a feel of it, and go from there."
- Spurrier is hopeful that senior defensive tackle Nathan Pepper will see the field against Ole Miss as he recovers from a high ankle sprain.
- Spurrier also said that defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye will return to action this week after serving his three game suspension.
- Spurrier noted that Eric Wolford may make a few more offensive line changes before Thursday night, but did not specify what they would be.
- Wide receiver Moe Brown stated that winning a game against a top-10 team like Ole Miss would only help promote the "New Carolina" attitude.
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