Spurrier: Gamecocks can make history Saturday

The Gamecocks were forced indoors for the third straight practice Thursday, as wet weather continued to make its way through the Columbia area. Coach Steve Spurrier said that despite practicing in the indoor facility all this week, his team will be ready to play against the Florida Gators.


"It was awfully (wet), so we went in there and hopefully got some good practice time in," said Spurrier. "We'll see what happens here Saturday afternoon. (We're) looking forward to a big crowd, I hear it's probably our first sellout of the year, so that's neat."

Spurrier also said with the big crowds expected, he hopes the Carolina faithful can be the difference in the game.

"Hopefully our fans will be really fired up to give it our best shot Saturday and see what happens," said Spurrier.

This weekend's game will kickoff at 3:30 eastern time on CBS, a time slot where the Gamecocks have not had a lot of luck over the years. Since this slot is always the marquee SEC game of the week, the Carolina players know they are in for a game against an excellent team.

The Head Ball Coach acknowledged that his team has not done well on CBS over the years, but also has not ever beaten a #1 ranked team, so there is an opportunity to make history in more ways than one on Saturday.

"Well, we haven't done very well, have we?" asked Spurrier. "We haven't done very well on CBS, so there's a first time for everything. We've never beaten a first ranked team I guess, but you know all that doesn't really have anything to do with it. We're just going to try to play the game."

The team certainly will have some extra motivation this week as they don their special new uniforms in honor of the Wounded Warrior Project. The uniforms which feature camouflage writing and numerals, along with camouflage cleats, were provided by Under Armour to honor wounded soldiers.

"We've got some new uniforms, representing our country, our U.S. Army, Marines, all of our service people," noted Spurrier. "Hopefully that will add some inspiration to our team."


Notes:

- Spurrier said that junior Brian Maddox will start at tailback this week. He said Maddox is the biggest and most physical of the backs, so they will see how he does in protection against Florida's talented pass rush.

- Once again, coaches said that DE Cliff Matthews is expected to play, but noted again that his role will be limited.

- Quarterback Stephen Garcia had a "typical" week of practice, according to Spurrier, but will be ready to go against the top defense in the SEC.

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