Team feeling good after practice Friday

The Gamecocks spent Friday afternoon practicing inside Williams-Brice Stadium as they close in on the final week of spring practice. On a hot day in Columbia the team went through a typical workout, closing with a scrimmage and goal-line competition between the offense and defense.

The quarterbacks had a solid day at practice with Stephen Garcia showing his arm on a couple of long completions, one for a touchdown to wide receiver D.L. Moore. The Head Ball Coach was complimentary of his signal-callers with just eight days left until the spring game.

"All the quarterbacks did some good things, and some things like they don't know what was going on," said Spurrier. "They've got a lot to learn, especially Connor (Shaw) and (Andrew) Clifford. But that's why we practice. Hopefully someday those guys will be ready to play. (Stephen) Garcia had a decent practice today."

After playing to a draw in the goal-line stand portion of practice on Wednesday, the offense came out with a vengeance inside the stadium, this time winning the competition with three scores to just one stop for the defense.

"We had a decent practice today," said Spurrier. "The offense had a little movement here and there. A lot of the defensive guys were held out. Nobody got hurt. The offense actually won the 10-yard line-and-in scrimmage today, 3-1, so it was a decent practice."

With spring practice coming to a close soon, Spurrier looked back over the twelve practice sessions that have taken place so far, and said he is pleased with the progress his team has made. But he warned that they still had a long way to go, and a great amount of work had to be done over the summer to prepare the team for a grueling SEC schedule this fall.

"I think we've become better," noted Spurrier. "I think even the guys that are hurt have been able to watch and go to meetings and all that, which is all they need to do. Connor Shaw is here. Seems like every time we put Zac (Brindise) in there he does something pretty good. Hopefully our guys will have a strong summer. Summer is really more important than spring because it's three months and this is 15 practices. So if they can come out here and have the commitment level that we hope they'll have, our offense could be a lot better this year. Our quarterback has to take charge and show that he's a completely committed player for the team. Hopefully Stephen or Connor Shaw or Zac Brindise, somebody will step forward and be a leader on the offense."

Two more midweek practices await the USC football squad before the annual Garnet & Black Game, which will take place next Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. The pregame awards will be presented about fifteen minutes prior to kickoff according to Spurrier.

After Dion Lecorn broke his leg on the final play of the spring game last year, Spurrier is limiting the game to about 2 and a half quarters, also trying to prevent injuries to this year's players, some of whom are already nursing wounds.

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