Spurrier looking for perfection

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier met with the media following the Saturday morning scrimmage inside Williams Brice Stadium.

According to Spurrier, it was more of passing scrimmage with four quarterbacks combining for 284 yards and 4 TD's. Still, Spurrier was not happy with the overall play of his quarterbacks.

"Our quarterback play today wasn't very good." Spurrier said. "The quarterbacks were throwing the ball late. Guy breaks open and the quarterback throws late and it gets knocked down. We got to get better quarterback play."

According to Spurrier, the two guys vying for the starting position did not have a good scrimmage.

"They were equally ineffective." Spurrier said of Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. "Hopefully they understand that that's not good enough. We won't beat many good teams unless our quarterback play is solid. It doesn't have to be perfect, just solid."

Garcia was 7-14 in the scrimmage with 76 yards and one touchdown. Shaw was 13-20 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. According to Spurrier, it was walk-on Seth Strickland that perhaps had the best day.

"Seth Strickland got in there and threw some good ones." Spurrier said. "Maybe we ought to let him play a little bit more."

Despite his displeasure over the quarterback play, Spurrier continues to praise the talented receiving corps.

"Receivers are running pretty good routes." Spurrier said. "We got to get the ball to them better. We got a bunch of receivers that needthe ball coming their direction to see if they can make some plays."

Tight end Wesley Saunders led all receivers with 4 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery and Ace Sanders each had 48 yards receiving as 12 Gamecocks combined for 25 receptions. It is because of those guys that Spurrier still insists that Gamecock fans will see an improved offense.

"We're going to try our best to have a good offense." Spurrier said. "We've got an excellent bunch of receivers that are running good routes and catch just about everything so we should have a good offense."


Garcia 7-14, 76, TD Shaw 13-20, 135, 2 TD's Clifford 2-4, 18 yards Strickland 3-4, 55 yards, TD Total: 25-42, 284 yards, 4 TD's


Lattimore 5-9
Sanders 1-1
Sherman 3-6
Shaw 2-5
Miles 4-2
Bennett 1-10
Total: 16-33


Jeffery 2-48
Miles 4-14
Smith 1-18
Triglia 1-3
Sanders 3-48
Snead 1-8
Bennett 2-39, TD
Saunders 4-63, TD
Scruggs 3-21, TD
Gurley 1-10
Sherman 2-8
Cunningham 1-4, TD

Scoring plays:

Lanning: 34-yard FG (first attempt blocked by Gilmore)

Bennett 29 yards Strickland (Wooten kick)

Cunningham 4 from Shaw (Scribner-Howard miss)

Saunders 10 from Garcia (Yates kick)

Scruggs 13 from Shaw (No PAT)

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