Gamecocks finish up preparations for Vandy

The Gamecocks wrapped up preparations for this weekend's matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores with practice on Thursday. South Carolina is attempting to break a two game losing streak to the ‘Dores of Nashville. Read inside for a full report from Thursday's workout.

Coach Steve Spurrier was upbeat following Thursday's practice session, and he expressed his desire for a large homecoming crowd to come out and cheer on the Gamecocks Saturday.

"We're looking forward to a big crowd, it's a big ballgame Saturday night at 7 o'clock," said Spurrier. "We need our fans roaring and yelling at Vandy. We need to go beat these guys if we can Saturday night."

It appears that the Gamecock offense will have one of its key players back on Saturday, as Weslye Saunders has recovered from an ankle injury that held him out of practice earlier in the week. Saunders could be seen working out with the team during practice on Thursday.

"Weslye, (he's) somewhat healthy. He'll suit up, he's not starting, but he should be a lot better by Saturday night. I don't think he can go the distance, but he's expected to play."

Spurrier said that with his team having a relatively clean bill of health, he is looking forward to the game, and hopes that Stephen Garcia will continue to elevate his level of play.

"Yeah it should be a heck of a game, we need to play well," noted Spurrier. "We're healthy except for Moe Brown. Hopefully we'll play better; hopefully Stephen Garcia will put his feet in the ground this week and play with confidence. We've got to get him playing with more confidence than the other night. But he's had pretty good practices, so we'll see what happens."


- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was late to practice because of a funeral, but Spurrier said that he will be fine to go Saturday. Spurrier joked that he was so fast without warming up they may just let him come out Saturday at 7 and go.

- Once again, wide receiver Tori Gurley was the last player practicing, working on catching passes on the far side of the field after practice.

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