"The enthusiasm and attitude was excellent tonight, guys were fired up running around pretty hard," said Spurrier. "Had a few guys cramp up at the end, but I think they'll be alright. Made a lot of mistakes, but again the enthusiasm and attitude of these guys is pretty good right now. So we thought it was a pretty decent first practice."
In addition to highly touted freshmen like Lattimore, all eyes will be on the quarterbacks over the next several weeks, including both incumbent starter Stephen Garcia, but also backups like Connor Shaw and Andrew Clifford.
Spurrier mentioned several weeks ago that he would have two quarterbacks ready to play at the beginning of the season, but after tonight's practice it sounds like another signal-caller is making a case for possible playing time as well.
"Andrew Clifford, Connor Shaw and Stephen, I think all three of them have made some progress through the summer," noted Spurrier. "Especially Andrew Clifford. He threw some good balls. His throwing motion has really improved. Stephen did a little bit better. He threw a beautiful pass to Marcus. Had a few errant balls here and there, but he's trying and Connor did a lot of good things also. So it was overall a pretty good practice."
One of South Carolina's biggest strengths during the Spurrier era has been its defense, and that defense was hard at work again as they look for continued success over this season.
The Gamecocks return a strong core of veterans along both the defensive line and in the secondary to bolster a defense that finished last season ranked third in the SEC.
"Defense looked quick though, Stephon Gilmore, Chris Culliver, all those guys looked good," said Spurrier.
The Gamecocks will practice again tomorrow night beginning at 7:30.