Final week of spring practice begins

It was a hot day in Columbia on Tuesday, with temperatures rising into the low 90s, but the South Carolina football team was practicing again in full pads as they move into their final couple practices before this weekend's spring game. With spring practice beginning over a month ago, USC will end its journey this weekend with the annual Garnet & Black matchup.

It was also a big night last night for Coach Spurrier's old school as the Duke Blue Devils won their 4th national championship under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"Good hot day, decent little practice," said Spurrier. "Congratulations to the Dukies, national champs again, good game last night, enjoyed watching it. Good to see my old school that I worked at win a championship. Hopefully we can win one here before too long."

One of the big storylines of spring ball this year has been the development of the offensive line under new coach Shawn Elliot. Elliot has had his work cut out for him, as he tries to improve a line that blocked for the worst rush offense in the conference last year.

A big piece of that offensive line will be new center T.J. Johnson, who is now working at center after starting at right guard last season.

Johnson has continued to learn throughout spring ball as the team has also been implanting various portions of a no-huddle, shotgun spread offense.

"Yeah we're working with T.J. trying to improve our snaps, shotgun and underneath," said Spurrier. "We just did no-huddle, 3rd and 5, 4th (and) long situations."

South Carolina announced today that the spring game will consist of three 12-minute quarters with no halftime break in between. However, Spurrier said he has not exactly decided if that will be the set format or not.

"I don't know how we're going to quite do it right now," added Spurrier. "We'll have a good half and see where we are. But we're down players like everybody. It's sort of interesting all over the country I keep reading about teams that don't have enough to divide up. We may have 10 offensive linemen healthy with Rokevious (Watkins) coming back, so we may have enough to split up teams."

With only one more regular practice before the game Saturday, Spurrier said his team has done all right this spring as far as progress goes. "It's been okay. A lot of guys have done well, some not as well as we'd hoped, but it's been an okay spring."

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