Gamecocks continue preparations for Tide

Once again the rains fell on Columbia Wednesday, forcing the USC football team to take to the indoor facility, where they continued preparations for Saturday's matchup with the Crimson Tide of Alabama. Despite some concern that the team's rhythm has been disrupted by the move indoors twice this week, Coach Steve Spurrier said that his squad is still preparing as normal for the #2 ranked Tide.


"It was a normal Wednesday practice (at) the indoor facility, we're glad we've got the indoor facility today," said Spurrier. "But anyway, we're looking forward to the ball game, seeing what happens. Sometimes we've played well when we've had to go into the indoor. It's sort of a change of pace, the guys actually I think enjoy going in there every now and then."

Spurrier also said that the offensive and defensive units split when they were working indoors, but both got a quality day of work in.

"The defense was in there for a good hour or so, (and) then the offense was in there for an hour. So we got a lot of work done. We split up. Defense, offense, scout teams were in there with each group. So we were able to use the full fifty yards of the indoor facility."

Gamecock fans know that it will take a great effort from quarterback Stephen Garcia and the entire South Carolina offense to put up points against the high-powered Crimson Tide defense. Spurrier said that he is happy with the progression of his quarterback this week as he prepares to face probably the most dominating defense in the Southeastern Conference.

"He's doing fine. It's a good defense we're playing against, and we'll try our best to move the ball and score some points."

The Gamecocks are also hoping to have one of their biggest offensive weapons back this week with the return of tight end Weslye Saunders. Either way, Spurrier knows that the whole offense needs to play in rhythm with Garcia if they hope to put up enough points to win.


Notes

- Spur linebacker Damario Jeffery said that Alabama is a very "aggressive" offense that pounds the defense, and he said it is much different than facing a spread-attack like Florida that might try to finesse the defense. He stated the game will come down to "who can take the most blows."

- Freshman offensive lineman Nick Allison said he has "tons" of excitement with the possibility of playing against Alabama this weekend. The coaches are prepared to pull his redshirt if necessary.

- Spurrier said that Jarriel King and Heath Batchelor have been working in the rotation at left guard this week, while T.J. Johnson and Nick Allison rotate at right guard.

- Spurrier also noted that offensive guard Terrence Campbell is likely out for the year with a shoulder/neck stinger, and will definitely not play this week. He has already used a redshirt year.

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