After a week of practicing in the evening the South Carolina Gamecocks braved the 90-degree Columbia heat Monday morning for a two-hour workout at the Bluff Road Proving Grounds.
Head football coach Steve Spurrier was not available for comment, but captain Pat DiMarco indicated that the heat was a factor.
"It's tough out here," DiMarco said. "A lot of guys froze up mentally just because they got a little tired. So we need to work on that. We're going to get a couple of more mornings in, a couple of nights in to mix things up so we're used to everything."
Other than the time change, the workout was about the same in structure as the other practices according to senior receiver Dion LeCorn. DiMarco believes the acclimation to the heat will help in the long run.
"I'm sure we'll adapt with a couple of days under our belt in all this heat, it'll be just like a night practice," he said. "It won't seem as hot for us tomorrow, so hopefully we can get our minds right."
Other players already seemed to be seasoned.
"It's alright. I'm glad to be out here," senior kicker Spencer Lanning said. "I like practicing in the morning. We're going to be playing a couple of more games in the heat -- Georgia is at 12:00. We just try to get out here and condition. The harder we can be on ourselves the better we will be for games."
While the Gamecocks were able to get practice out of the way early, they still have a lot to get accomplished the rest of the day.
"We've got a meeting, we've got a walkthrough," DiMarco said. "Busy rest of the day, so we've still got a lot of work to do."
After missing the first week of practice, senior left tackle Jarriel King was back in a garnet practice jersey Monday.
The Gamecocks will hold their first scrimmage of the preseason Tuesday. While the scrimmage was originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and to be closed, USC SID Steve Fink indicated that could be subject to change.
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