Carolina Wraps Prep for Bama

Facing perhaps the most talented defensive front in America on Saturday, the Gamecock offensive line will need a big effort in order to hold their own against the Crimson Tide defense. With that challenge in mind, USC continued its preparations for Alabama on Thursday, with a short practice under cloudy skies.

Competition along the South Carolina offensive line has been a hot about topic this year, with many players citing Coach Eric Wolford's willingness to change the line-up based on who he feels is performing best at any given time.

Coach Spurrier echoed that sentiment again today, detailing some changes along the offensive front. He said that Jerriel King will start at left guard, with Kyle Nunn getting the start at left tackle, and Lemuel Jeanpierre will make his third start of the year at center.

"Jerriel, yeah he looks pretty good in there," said Spurrier. "We've been going against the scout team all week, so hopefully he'll look pretty good when we go against those big guys from Alabama."

Some fans may wonder if the shifting along the offensive line is simply addressing the need to get the big bodies out in front of the Alabama defenders, but Spurrier insisted again that it was simply a matter of trying to get the best combination out there on the field.

"(We're) just trying to get our best players on the field. We're still trying to figure out who our best players are."

Regardless of who is playing on the offensive line come Saturday, Spurrier knows that the Gamecocks must come up with the magic combination if they hope to take down the heavily favored Alabama Crimson Tide.


- DE Byron McKnight is out with a concussion and will not make the trip to Alabama.

- Wide receiver Dion LeCorn was injured when we was kicked in the leg yesterday. The injury aggravated the metal plate put in after he sustained a broken leg in the spring game. He will not make the trip to Tuscaloosa.

- Spurrier said that it's only a matter of time before LeCorn needs surgery again, and they may opt to go with it sooner rather than later.

- Stephen Flint and Eric Baker were two players Spurrier singled out who may receive increased playing time in LeCorn's absence.

- Spurrier said that the team would prefer to keep the redshirt on OL Nick Allison, but if someone is injured, he may have to step in.

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