Gamecocks continue preparations for UConn

While most Gamecock fans will be focused on shopping, cooking, and celebrating Christmas this week, the football team is still hard at work preparing for the bowl game on January 2nd. As the team moves closer to the game against the University of Connecticut Huskies, coaches and players are turning up their focus and intensity.


"We had a decent practice today. The weather turned out very nice, it wasn't very cold at all out there," said Spurrier. "Hopefully we got some good work in. We looked pretty good, guys had good effort (and) good energy. It was a decent practice I think for most everybody."

Spurrier was once again praising Randy Edsall's team, saying that even though the Gamecocks are favorites, they are going to have to play at a high level to beat a fundamentally sound football team. While some fans may clamor for trick plays and formations such as the Wildcat, the Head Ball Coach says that the mark of a good team is usually one that doesn't have to resort to tricks in order to win a game.

"I read somewhere that if you have to use trickery, you're not a very good team," added Spurrier. "But no, we use a few here and there."

The football team will practice four more times before heading to Birmingham on December 29th. They will also have several practices in the days leading up to the game at Birmingham Southern University. A lot of people like to compare extra bowl practices to spring practice, since it is time away from the regular season when the team can get extra work in. However, Spurrier said that bowl practice is a little bit different, and that practice time of any kind is always helpful.

"(It's) a little different," noted Spurrier. "A little different in that you're preparing for an opponent rather than just running plays. But it's still a ways away. You do your preparation and try to build it the way I've always tried to build it."


Notes:

- Linebacker Eric Norwood will be honored at halftime of tonight's basketball game against Furman. Spurrier said he hopes for most of the football team to be in attendance to support Norwood.

- Spurrier had high praise for the facilities at Birmingham Southern, saying that Jamie Speronis and Robbie Liles scouted the facility several weeks ago.

- The Head Ball Coach also said he has a stack of resumes for the vacant Offensive Line Coach position, but will not decide on a replacement for Eric Wolford until the first or second week in January. He joked that the only qualification was that they be "American." Spurrier quipped, "We're about the only country that plays football, right?"

- The team will practice Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning before taking a break for Christmas, and resuming practice on the 28th.

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