Spurrier still looking for his best players

Under hot, sunny skies the football team worked out today in full pads for a little over two hours. It was another spirited scrimmage, as both the offense and defense celebrated their own number of big plays. At the end of the day, it was the defense winning out, as they stopped Kenny Miles at the goal line on the final play of the scrimmage, and erupted in a raucous celebration.

With such a close play deciding things in the end, Coach Spurrier stressed that football is, after all, still a game of inches.

"I don't think he made it," said Spurrier at the conclusion of the scrimmage. "His helmet was in, but I don't think the ball was in. Sometimes games are that close."

With each practice, the scrutiny of the quarterbacks grow, as some fans clamor to see more of rising star Connor Shaw, while others stress that Stephen Garcia is still the right man for the job. But with quarterback, as with every other position, Spurrier stressed that players are all battling for starting spots, and they are simply looking for the best players to fill those holes.

"For some reason, all you guys think these guys are fighting for the back-up job," said Spurrier. "Every position on the team is usually open, if one guy is better than another guy they play. So there's no guarantee Stephen's going to open up the first game, I mean he should. He should, but if he goes bad and the other guys get better, then they play. The best players play."

With the excitement his team has displayed the past couple of practices, the Head Ball Coach said he is still encouraged by the emotion and dedication they are displaying.

"Yeah our guys had a lot of spirit today," added Spurrier. "Yeah we've got a lot of guys that really have a strong commitment. Most of the guys are doing well, the ones that aren't we need to weed them out and let them go play somewhere else."

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