Story by Daniel Schwartz
The defense stepped up in a big way when USC pulled off the upset against Georgia last weekend in Williams-Brice Stadium. This weekend the Gamecocks head to Nashville for their first conference road trip of the season to face the Vanderbilt Commodores.
While the first three opponents the Gamecocks have faced this season had established starting quarterbacks leading their offenses, Vanderbilt plans to use a rotation of signal callers to expand their play-calling ability. Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Thursday after practice that the defense has been preparing all week for a multiple quarterback system and that they have seen tape on all four that Vanderbilt may use.
Coach Ward also said that there may be some lineup changes in the defensive backfield with Brison Williams back at safety and Rico McWilliams and Al Harris Jr. manning the cornerback positions.
Senior short snapper Ryland Culbertson left practice early on Wednesday and was present on Thursday in a yellow non-contact jersey as well as a neckbrace. There is not yet any official word regarding his status for the game on Saturday, nor on who would assume his crucial role on field goals and extra points. Culbertson is in the midst of his second season of full-time short snapping duties.
#14 South Carolina (2-1) takes on conference foe Vanderbilt (1-2) on Saturday September, 20 at 7:30pm at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN.