"South Carolina State (is) a very good team. Coach Buddy Pugh and his coaches do a super job, these guys are well coached and I know they're coming to win," Spurrier said of the Bulldogs. "So it's going to be a dogfight here Saturday night. Hopefully our team can play a lot better, especially on offense."
Although the team and fans were inspired by the big win on Thursday, Spurrier knows that his offense is going to have to get a lot better before this weekend. The Gamecocks did not convert a third down in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, and went three-and-out over their last five offensive series.
After practice Monday, Spurrier said the offense is still a work in progress.
"(We're) nothing spectacular, but hopefully we can be a little sharper than we were the last game."
In addition to improving the offense this week, the Head Ball Coach must also worry about the health of his quarterback Stephen Garcia, who suffered bruised ribs against the Rebels. After receiving a cortisone shot at halftime, Garcia was able to stay in the game and battle it out until the end.
"He'll be alright, he's just bruised up a little bit. He didn't throw too much. He did just a little bit here and there, but he'll be fine."
While Spurrier was confident in his quarterback's health moving forward, he said the team has to continue to work on many things, including their own confidence. Although a win over a top-10 Ole Miss team was nice, the Gamecocks still need to improve in the simple things like consistently knowing their assignments.
"We've got a lot of mistakes to iron out," Spurrier observed. "We'll see if we can't act like we know what our assignments are. Overall, offensively it was not a very good game, so I don't know how they could get too pumped up about that. We're trying to get better. We're trying to act like we know what we're doing on offense, and at times it appears we don't."
Spurrier was also very complimentary of SC State and Coach Buddy Pugh, stressing that their recent successes have been no accident. He expects the Bulldogs to bring the fight to Williams-Brice on Saturday, and knows that the Gamecocks will have to play well in order to compete.
"They're a very solid team," Spurrier stated. "They disguise their coverages, and when you look at them on tape they look like an SEC team. I'm serious. They've got big strong guys, they're fast, they run, and they're well-coached. They didn't win that conference accidentally. Those teams all have got athletes."
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- Backup quarterback Reid McCollum was still out with the flu Monday, and Spurrier said they are not sure when he will return. He is the only USC player with the flu and has been isolated from the team, according to Spurrier.
- Offensive tackle Jarriel King will remain on offense right now, Spurrier said. There was some speculation he would move to shore up depth at defensive tackle.
- Spurrier again said there could be possible changes on the offensive line, but did not say what they would be.
- Offensive tackle Kyle Nunn stressed that there will be ongoing competition among the offensive line, and he said he will continue to work hard to get playing time.
- Nunn said that practicing against the Gamecocks first team defense prepared him very well for the speed of the game against Ole Miss. Nunn was coming off a three game suspension to start the season.
- Running backs coach Jay Graham said that he is proud of how the running backs settled in against Ole Miss and improved on their pass protection as the game went along.
- Graham said that he does not have a plan to get each running back a certain number of carries each week, but that the number of touches will be dictated in practice as the week goes along.
- Graham also stressed that each running back is improving individually but still has a lot to work on.
- Like Spurrier, Graham brushed aside the idea of SC State being a tune-up game, saying that he can "see athletes on the field" and that the Bulldogs have guys that "can play the game."