USC practices indoors, begins prep for Bama
Due to inclement weather in and around the Columbia area on Monday, the Gamecocks were forced indoors for their first day of preparations for Alabama. Coach Steve Spurrier met with the media following the workout, and discussed his team's preparation for the Tide.
"We had a decent little practice in our indoor facility, and hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to get outside, have a full practice," said Spurrier. "We'll have a good practice tomorrow, and go from there."
Facing an Alabama team that is ranked second in the SEC in total defense, Spurrier admitted that while the Gamecocks are in for a tough test, they will be out there to bring the fight to Alabama as well.
"They've got a good defense, Florida's got a good defense, a lot of teams have very good defenses," proclaimed Spurrier. "They certainly have a good one. We've got a good one too. We're going to need a good one."
While freshman receiver Alshon Jeffery stole the show Saturday with his seven catch, 138 yard performance that also featured three touchdowns, Spurrier was quick to credit the play of his defense Saturday, specifically cornerback C.C. Whitlock. The sophomore from Chester turned in an admirable performance with six total tackles and one and a half tackles for loss against the Wildcats. Spurrier singled out several people who deserved game balls for their efforts this season and in the always important area of recruiting.
"We gave C.C. a game ball, gave Shane Beamer a game ball for his continual recruiting of Alshon Jeffery," joked Spurrier. "He didn't give up on him, hung in there with him."
Spurrier also said that tight end Weslye Saunders will be back out on the field this Saturday, and stressed his importance to the Gamecock offense in both running and blocking. Overall though, Spurrier knows he will need a lot of healthy, strong bodies on both sides of the ball to have a chance at turning the Tide.
"We need everyone we can to give us a chance."
- Tight end Weslye Saunders was wearing a yellow, non-contact jersey at practice, but like Spurrier said, the junior standout should be fine for Saturday's contest.
- Safety Darian Stewart said he is excited for his homecoming to the state of Alabama. The Huntsville native said that while he grew up an Auburn fan, he is really looking forward to playing one of his in-state teams.
- Offensive line coach Eric Wolford said these are the "type of games you remember for the rest of your life" and stressed that his line will be ready to play against a talented Alabama front this weekend.
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