Seniors have last practice at Williams-Brice

The Gamecocks practiced one more time in Columbia on Tuesday, prior to taking an afternoon flight to Birmingham in advance of the bowl. The team will spend the rest of the week preparing in Alabama as well as taking part in some fun bowl activities.

The team practiced early in the day inside Williams-Brice Stadium, the last time the seniors will be on the field in their USC careers.

"Last day on the game field for all of our seniors," said Spurrier. "It was a little special today for those guys. Weather was beautiful today. But we've practiced in fairly cold air the past couple of weeks so we should be fine. Other than that, we're just trying to get ready for UConn."

The Head Ball Coach said that his offensive line must come together and play well against a physical Connecticut defense. The Gamecocks will be coached in the game by interim offensive line coach Andy Boyd. Although Spurrier said that progress is being made toward hiring a new coach, the decision will not be announced until after the game in Birmingham.

"Hopefully we'll play a little bit better than we practice," noted Spurrier. "Our guys need to play well, just need to block, block the guys and give us a chance to run and throw. The line of scrimmage is usually crucial to any ball game."

Coaches often praise bowl games for giving their players not only an extra game, but also several events throughout the week leading up to the game. The Carolina football team will still be hard at work the rest of the week, but will also have a chance to let loose a little bit and celebrate their accomplishments.

"We're going to have what they call ‘controlled fun,' not get out of hand," said Spurrier. (We) just have to keep in the back of our mind that we're there to play the best game we possibly can, try to play the best one of the year."

Coach Spurrier again singled out special teams as an important area for the Gamecocks, saying that Coach Edsall and his staff have made scoring on special teams a priority in order to beat a deep and athletic team from the SEC.

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