Back to work: USC turns attention to Vandy

Following a tough loss to Alabama on Saturday night, the Gamecocks were back at work on Monday night preparing for their homecoming game this weekend against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Coach Steve Spurrier talked after practice about the upcoming game as well as his team's loss to the now #1 Crimson Tide.


"Hopefully we'll be ready to play, 7 o'clock against the Vanderbilt Commodores," noted Spurrier. "They're a very good team, lost some close games. I guess Georgia got the most points on them last week of any team all year. They're a very good defensive team, their offense has struggled a little bit like ours has. But (we're) looking forward to playing this week, seeing if we can't play a lot better."

The Head Ball Coach also pointed out that while Alabama did some good things on defense, his team still has a lot of work to do. Spurrier singled out the offensive line as one area that needs to improve if the Gamecocks are to win their remaining conference games.

Spurrier said, "We're trying to get more solid if we can. We had some guys that didn't play very well, like most times. But some guys did play very well, or played decent anyway. We messed up a bunch of blocking assignments up front, just turned defensive linemen loose on a couple of run plays, it's ridiculous. So anyway, hopefully we can coach Garret (Anderson) and those guys a little smarter, to play their assignment."

While saying that their play has to get better, Spurrier also commented that depth is not an issue for his team right now.

"Yeah we've got depth, that's why we keep changing them around," stated Spurrier. "And our guys are pretty good athletes, they really are. They should play better than they do, I don't know why we can't get it out of them. I've been saying that for five years, haven't I? Maybe this week they're going to play gangbusters, we'll wait and see."

As much progress as the program has made under Spurrier, Gamecock fans have witnessed hard times against the Commodores. Vanderbilt has beaten USC the past two seasons, including a Thursday night loss last year in Nashville. With that in mind, some have wondered whether this year's "New Carolina" team will be looking for revenge. But Spurrier said that his team will be prepared to play regardless, and that they are taking everything one game at a time.

"We try to play every game one at a time, we don't try get involved in all that," said Spurrier. "Vanderbilt's outplayed us for two years, that's why we've lost to them. Ain't nothing to it, they simply kicked our tails and outplayed us. And if they outplay us Saturday night, (there's) a chance they'll beat us again."


Notes

- Spurrier said that wide receiver Moe Brown has been evaluated by team doctors, and will miss this weekend's game.

- Offensive line coach Eric Wolford said that he hopes to stick with the same starting five on the offensive line this week. The projected starters on the offensive line are LT Kyle Nunn, LG Jarriel King, C Lemuel Jeanpierre, RG T.J. Johnson, and RT Hutch Eckerson.

- Although he has slipped some on the depth chart, wide receiver Tori Gurley is working hard to get back on the field. He was the last player on the practice fields Monday night, and could be seen practicing pass-catching on the far side of the field.

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