Players, coaches working hard in spring

USC hit the practice fields off Bluff Road today for a spirited workout as the players continue to practice following their first scrimmage of the year on Saturday. Coach Spurrier said after the scrimmage this his team is right on pace for his expectations during the spring.

"We're right on pace," said Spurrier of his sixth Gamecock football squad. "This is the practice time of the year. This is the time of the year players who have never played much or maybe players who haven't played very well try to get better."

One player who was experiencing something new at practice Wednesday was quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was throwing passes with a camera attached to the top of his helmet.

However, it wasn't the best day for Garcia to be wearing the camera, according to his head coach.

"It's one of those training aids, you put on a quarterback to see what the heck he's looking at," said Spurrier. "So we're going to go back and review, see what Stephen's looking at on all the interceptions he threw in practice today. Because he threw a handful of them."

One person that continues to receive praise from Spurrier is new offensive line coach Shawn Elliot. Elliot has been aggressively coaching the offensive linemen in spring workouts so far, and is mainly responsible for the new no-huddle offense the Gamecocks will most likely employ next season.

"He's got his hands full coaching these guys, but they're coming around and doing some good things here and there," said Spurrier. "We're looking forward to coaching the guys we've got and coaching some of those freshman we've got coming in."


- Spurrier praised deep snappers Matthew Grooms and Chris Vaughn for the work they did today playing backup defensive tackle.

- DT Melvin Ingram played a little bit of fullback today in some offensive packages.

- WR D.L. Moore continues to receive praise in the spring, and Spurrier said that if USC played tomorrow "he might be a starter."

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