Gamecocks have 'decent' Thursday

Following Thursday morning's practice, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier met with the media to discuss practice, leadership, injuries, the quarterback situation and more.

"Decent practice today." Spurrier said. "Nothing too unusual happened. Nobody got hurt."

One of the players returning to practice was projected starting running back, Kenny Miles.

"Kenny Miles is back running around a little bit, but he didn't do much." Spurrier said. "It's still the reliable guys that have been here; Marcus Lattimore and Bryce Sherman. They're always here. Seems like you can't hurt those guys."

Spurrier, though quick to say that it won't necessarily mean wins during the season, is pleased with the leadership of this team.

"As coaches we've been trying to get this attitude for a long time." said Spurrier. "Obviously we haven't done as well as we should have, but we do have a very strong group of leaders that are older guys - and some younger guys too - that lead by example. But that doesn't mean we're going to win more games. There's a bunch of teams with losing records that have great leaders and strong commitment."

Spurrier also addressed two of the most talked about topics surrounding the football team with just 3 weeks remaining until the season opener; the quarterback situation and offensive line.

"We do have more players ready to play this year." said Spurrier about the quarterback position. "We're training pretty much 3 quarterbacks right now. We've been closing up practice the last two days with about 15-20 plays with Connor (Shaw) and (Andrew) Clifford going up against the scout defense with our second offensive line.

"Ace caught about a 60-yard pass towards the end because I finally got a quarterback (Clifford) that can throw it down the field.

"(Stephen) Garcia had a good practice today." Spurrier said of his starting quarterback. "But he needs to maintain and show that he's our best quarterback as we go through these scrimmages. Last scrimmage there wasn't any huge difference in any of the quarterbacks. Stephen will show Saturday if he's definitely our best quarterback."

Spurrier is also pleased with the direction of the offensive line under new coach Shawn Elliot.

"They're doing okay." Spurrier said of the offensive line. "They're coming around. Hopefully our line can keep improving."

Senior Jarriel King was also again back out at practice today.

"Jarriel has been out there." Spurrier said. "He was working with the second group today. He hasn't practiced all that much, but he should be able to work his way back up to the first group.

Despite the growing excitement and anticipation of the season opener among the fans, Spurrier says that it's not quite time for the team to look towards Southern Miss.

"We're still 3 weeks away." Spurrier said. "We'll just keep on grinding here at the practice facility for the next week and then we'll start talking Southern Miss stuff, but we don't really need to start talking it right now. We need to keep talking about our assignments."

Regardless of who will be out there on September 2nd, Spurrier says it all comes down to one thing; play makers.

"You need a lot of play makers." Spurrier said. "Whoever's throwing it, whoever's catching it, and whoever's defending back there."

South Carolina returns to the Bluff Road Practice Fields Friday morning and will scrimmage in Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday afternoon. Both are closed to the public.

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