Spurrier: Offense needs better communication

The Gamecocks were back at practice on Wednesday night, continuing their preparations for this weekend's matchup with the South Carolina State Bulldogs. On a beautiful fall day in Columbia, Coach Steve Spurrier said the Gamecocks were excited to get back to work.

"Another day of practice, beautiful weather today, not a cloud in the sky," Spurrier said. "(We're) getting ready for South Carolina State, a very good team, (we've) got to play well on Saturday night."

One of the biggest areas in which Spurrier has sought improvement this week has been the offense. While they were good enough to get the win against Ole Miss, Spurrier knows that his offense has to get better in order to be a contender in the SEC. According to the Head Ball Coach, one of the key aspects the offense needs to improve in is its communication.

When asked if the communication had improved this week, Spurrier replied that only the performance in games can truly tell how much an offense has changed.

"Well we hope so, we hope so," Spurrier observed. "Still, we haven't played the game yet. It only counts in ball games."

Spurrier also stated that one of the most important roles of his quarterback is to communicate the play to the rest of the offense, and that some of the offensive players have been more prepared to understand the play-call than others.

"One of the main objectives of the quarterback is to tell everyone the play," noted Spurrier. "All 11. Some need to be told exactly everything. Some can just (say) alright I know what's coming. That's the quarterback's responsibility, so Stephen's working on it. He's working on making sure everyone hears exactly what the play is."

Spurrier admitted that there can be a number of reasons why miscommunication takes place when calling a play.

"Maybe (when) the signal comes in, he didn't get it well," Spurrier said. "Maybe it's the wristband, he's got the wrong wristband, that's happened a few times this year. Just communication, so we've just got to work on it. We've got to be exact, precise. That's what we need to do on a lot of things around here that we're still not very good at. We'll just keep practicing it, working on it."

Again, Spurrier emphasized the need for his team to improve from week to week, and to continue that improvement during each week's game.

"We're trying to get better, (we) played pretty sorry on offense last week," stressed Spurrier. "So we're trying to play better. That's what our focus is right there, it doesn't matter who we're playing. We want to try to play better than we did last week."


- Spurrier said that backup quarterback Reid McCollum was back practicing on Wednesday, and will be healthy enough to be the 2nd string quarterback on Saturday.

- Offensive guard Terrence Campbell will be out on Saturday as he's battling a shoulder stinger, according to Spurrier.

- Former walk-on offensive tackle Garrett Chisolm is expected to see his first action of the season this weekend.

- According to Spurrier, running backs Kenny Miles and Jarvis Giles will get more carries early, followed by Brian Maddox, this weekend.

- Defensive tackle Kenny Davis is "halfway" healthy, but will play this weekend.

- Tight end Weslye Saunders said the red-zone offense has been frustrating at times this year, but that he trusts the coaches to make the right play calls to improve it each week.

- Saunders also described the SC State defense as "fast," and said that USC will have to play hard to score points on them.

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