USC’s work schedule this week has moved up to accommodate the Thursday night kickoff against Texas A&M, thus Steve Spurrier’s regular Tuesday news conference was held this afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Here are some of the key comments from Spurrier:
- A&M will play a lot of young guys and they have recruited well
- Dixon brothers will be starting and he thinks its the first time he’s had brothers starting
- Thompson has an opportunity to play well, has prepared well and players have confidence in him
- Practices have gone well with two injuries in Matulis and Smith
- Expects Davis to be 100 percent by game time and he likes his other running backs
- Nice what they’re doing to improve the look of the stadium but he’s more concerned about what goes on inside the stadium
- Thompson has played a good bit in his career and has played well
- Mitch and Orth remain tied for No. 2 QB on depth chart
- Wants to use Cooper a lot and will mix him around but doesn’t want to run him into the ground. He will return punts
- Hasn’t yet looked at the 85 foot banner of him now hanging off the west side of the stadium
- Feels his team has compared well thru the summer and is ready to compete at a high level
- One dividend of keeping staff together is the recruiting class they have assembled thus far for 2015
- Credits Eric Hyman for finding the boosters to give the money that has led to the facility upgrades that’s led to the success
- He’ll let the governor worry about A&M having yell practice on the state house grounds
The 9th ranked Gamecocks are now 11 point favorites over the 21st ranked Aggies in what will be the first ever meeting between the teams, but not the last as they are each others’ permanent SEC crossover opponent.
The Gamecocks have won 14 straight season opening games and will carry the nation’s longest home winning of 18 games into Thursday night. The Gamecocks are 70-18-4 all time in home openers.
Spurrier is 23-1 in season openers in college with that only loss coming when he was a Duke in a 1989 loss at USC . And he will be going for his 200th SEC victory. Spurrier has won 75% of his SEC games in his career (199-66-1)
This will be the third straight season USC has opened on a Thursday night. The Gamecocks have won their last five Thursday night games.