'Minnows in a bucket'

The "Fun ‘N Gun" offense Steve Spurrier utililzed at Florida is known as the "Cock ‘N Fire" now that he's head man at South Carolina. While the name has changed, the premise has not: Create confusion and mismatches by flooding the field with receivers.

"It's like minnows in a bucket," said Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, whose Vols host Spurrier's Gamecocks tonight at 7:45. "You don't know where they (receivers) are going to be or where they're going to come from. It's going to take a really outstanding effort on our part."

Fulmer said the Carolina offense looks "a lot like" the Florida attack during Spurrier's stint in Gainesville. The most notable difference is that the Gamecocks aren't stocked with All-SEC players at every position, the way Florida was in the 1990s.

"They don't have some of the Fred Taylors and some of those guys," Fulmer said, "but they're very similar."

What the Gamecocks do have is a fine throw-and-catch tandem. Sophomore Blake Mitchell ranks first among SEC quarterbacks in completion percentage (64.1), second in passing yards per game (235.7), second in passing efficiency (149.46) and second in passing touchdowns (11). His favorite target, Sidney Rice, leads the league in yards-per-catch average (16.3) and receiving touchdowns (nine).

"They have a very good passing attack," Fulmer said. "Sidney Rice is a great player, and Blake Mitchell is running their offense extremely well."


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