Assistant head coach in charge of the defense Ellis Johnson was no happier than Spurrier about his unit's performance.
"It was kind of sloppy," Johnson said. "When (the offense) can't throw and catch, we stop them. When they bust assignments, we stop them. When they fumble, we stop them. When we bust a coverage they move the ball. Right now it's just whoever makes the mistake."
Johnson, who also cautioned that he will have to look at the film to know for sure, wasn't happy with his defense's effort. Saturday's scrimmage was the first time his first-team group was able to go against the offense's first team, after the first scrimmage featured mainly young players.
"The other thing that was very disappointing to me is we're very soft," Johnson continued. "The tackling wasn't good. I know it's hot; I know they're tired. But you want to see some guys step up and be hungry for a job or somebody step up with a little leadership, but to me it just looked real soft today."
Stephen Garcia, Connor Shaw and Andrew Clifford combined to complete 67 percent of their passes (22-for-33) for 325 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
When there was time to throw, the offense was able to move the football and had four 70-yard touchdown drives according to Spurrier.
"Receivers caught about everything. There were some good catches and throws. But I think Stephen Garcia got sacked about five times out of about 15 attempts. Connor and Clifford got sacked once or twice, so that wasn't very good. There were some good players here and there, but there should have been a lot more plays. The receivers [were] running good routes, had a bunch of guys open, just couldn't get the ball up in the air as often as we should. And we've seen that before around here."
Spurrier blamed the sacks on the entire team refusing to put it solely on the quarterback or offensive line.
"As you see," Spurrier said looking over his shoulder at Elliott still putting the line through drills. "Coach Elliott, he's not too happy with his guys. He'll keep them out here and keep them out here until maybe one or two quit that don't want to get with the program. He's keeping them moving."
While Spurrier was upset about the return of the "negative plays" he often talks about, he did say that the team has time to work through its troubles.
"We haven't done much yet. But we don't need to be perfect right now," he said. "We can strive for it, but we don't play for another two and a half weeks, so we've got a little time to work on it."
Spurrier declined to comment on the report in The State newspaper about three of his players living at The Whitney hotel calling it "unimportant".
The team will take part in the annual Fan Appreciation Day presented by Colonial Life at the Colonial Life Arena on Sunday afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 and admission is free. The coaches and players will sign the official 2010 team poster. There is no practice scheduled for Sunday evening. The Gamecocks will return to the practice fields on Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
- Wide receiver Tori Gurley missed the scrimmage due to a family issue and will return Sunday. Spurrier thought it was for a funeral.
- Linebacker Shaq Wilson returned in a limited role going through the skeleton drills, but should be back at near 100 percent by Monday, according to Ellis Johnson.
DeAngelo Smith 15-yard pass from Andrew Clifford (Spencer Lanning kick)
Bryce Sherman 9-yard run (Adam Yates kick) Ace Sanders 4-yard pass from Connor Shaw (Jay Wooten kick)
DeMario Bennett 31-yard pass from Stephen Garcia (Joey Scribner-Howard kick)
Spencer Lanning 20-yard field goal
PASSING: Connor Shaw 12-14-0-150; Andrew Clifford 7-11-0-99; Stephen Garcia 3-8-0-76. TOTALS: 22-33-0-325.
RUSHING: Bryce Sherman 4-16; Jarvis Giles 10-15; Marcus Lattimore 4-15; Connor Shaw 3-11; Ace Sanders 1-10; Brian Maddox 2-2; Jacob Baker 4-0; Andrew Clifford 3-(-11); Stephen Garcia 6-(-23). TOTALS: 37-35.
RECEIVING: Lamar Scruggs 3-73; DeMario Bennett 3-66; Ace Sanders 3-33; DeAngelo Smith 2-30; Mike Triglia 2-15; Bryce Sherman 2-11; Jason Barnes 1-33; Jacob Baker 1-18; Cedrick Snead 1-17; Marcus Lattimore 1-12; Matt Coffee 1-9; Jarvis Giles 1-7; Nick Jones 1-1. TOTALS: 22-325.