"We were able to snap the ball relatively okay, and handle it fairly well, so it was a good start," said Spurrier after the workout. "We did a few things differently, I don't know if you guys noticed but we didn't huddle all day today. (We're) trying to pick up the pace a little bit, see what we can do."
While the NCAA mandates the number of spring practice sessions a team can have, the Gamecocks took an interesting route by scheduling one practice before USC's spring break, and the remaining practices after.
Spurrier said that his mission in having the one practice prior to the break is to keep the young players in a football frame of mind as they head their separate ways next week.
"We thought some of the young guys like Connor Shaw, Demario Bennett, Demario Jeffery, (who) made a nice interception there, just give them one practice, something to think about over the spring break week," added Spurrier. "That's the reason we did that today."
As for his quarterbacks, Spurrier was complimentary of the young Shaw, who had his first official practice since graduating high school early and becoming an early enrollee.
"They all need a little refining," said Spurrier. "The ball comes out of his hand pretty nicely as you guys can see today. He's got a quick throw. He got a lot of snaps and he'll continue to get a lot of snaps."
Spurrier mentioned that winter workouts went well, with Brian Maddox being named the strongest player on the team pound-for-pound.
Although he's not a player, there was another newcomer at practice in new offensive line coach Shawn Elliot. The native South Carolinian was out coaching the offensive line, and showing great fire according to the head ball coach.
"He's a typical o-line coach, he gets in there with them, he's intense. He's got an excellent reputation his guys play well, so we're expecting our guys to play better."