October 23, 2014

Shawn Elliott says that A.J. Cann is NOT tipping plays

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) practiced Wednesday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields. The Gamecocks are headed to the plains this weekend to face the No. 5/6 Auburn Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, October 25, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle J.T. Surratt (hamstring) was able to get in some running today. Linebacker Jonathan Walton (concussion) participated in non-contact drills. Defensive end Mason Harris (knee) returned to full practice.

Offensive guard Mike Matulis continues to make progress after seeing his first action of the season last Saturday against Furman. Matulis was penciled in as the starter at right guard prior to the start of fall camp, but injured his knee in the preseason camp and had not played until Saturday.

“Practice has been good for (Mike) this week,” said offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “Last week he was kind of skittish so to speak, but he’s looked really good this week. It’s good for our morale (to have Matulis practicing),” continued Elliott. “He kind of picks up everybody’s spirits. He has fun at practice. It’s good to have him back. He enjoys football and we enjoy having him.” Will Sport remains the starter at right guard, but Matulis is expected to see some playing time on Saturday, according to Elliott.

“I haven’t played in over two years. I was just so happy to be out there again, said Matulis of his opportunity against Furman. “I’m close to (100 percent). I’m still recovering a little bit. It’s not a full 100 percent. I’d say I’m at 95 percent. I’ve only been out there for four practices, so it’s coming along.  I feel like I’m progressing well.”

Elliott dismissed the talk about left guard A.J. Cann tipping off plays with his hand position. “We’ve discussed it,” said Elliott. “I told A.J. to put two hands down this week – right and left. So we’re really going to trick them this week,” he laughed. “I can tell you one thing, they have no idea what plays we’re running based on his right hand or his left hand being down. If they do, I would imagine they would stop us a whole lot more.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to practice again on Thursday afternoon.

USC projected to finish 12th in SEC basketball this season (AUDIO)

Ty Johnson at SEC Media Day

Ty Johnson at SEC Media Day

The USC women on Tuesday were announced as the media’s favorites to win the SEC basketball championship this season.  However, the men on Wednesday were not picked to win their championship.  The media see the Gamecocks finishing 12th in the 14 team league.

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USC practice report: Jobs still up for grabs on defense (AUDIO)

USC's defense is gearing up for UNC

USC getting ready to resume conference play at Auburn on Saturday night.

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) worked out Tuesday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields. The Gamecocks will be traveling to the plains this weekend to take on the No. 5/6 Auburn Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, October 25, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 ET kickoff and will be televised nationally on the SEC Network. Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be describing the game from the booth with Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

Several players sat out Tuesday’s practice including defensive tackle J.T. Surratt (hamstring), linebacker Jonathan Walton (concussion), defensive end Mason Harris (knee) and offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (knee).

With injuries mounting along the defensive line, defensive line coach Deke Adams said that starting positions were wide open. “Right now it’s open,” said Adams. “We’re going to see who has the best week of practice. J.T. was out yesterday and out today, but in his mind, he’s going to be ready to play. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Everybody is in consideration (to start). Right now every position is open. Guys got to do the job and we’ve got to get better.”

Defensive backs coach Grady Brown knows it will be a challenge for the Carolina defense to slow down the high-powered Tiger attack that is known for their ability to run the ball, but can also move it effectively through the air. “They can throw it really well,” noted Brown. “Nick Marshall is a really good quarterback. He throws the ball really well. They have at least two of the top receivers that we’ll see between No. 1 and No. 18. It’s a challenge, but you have to try to stop the run and make teams one-dimensional. By the same token, they might be good enough to beat you if they are one-dimensional,” continued Brown. “We’ve got to go out, execute our assignments, execute the calls, play fast, try to create turnovers and just play our best game on Saturday.”

Linebackers coach Kirk Botkin echoed Brown’s thoughts on what Carolina needs to do to pull the upset. “Our guys have to be disciplined and concentrate on where their eyes are supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing, play after play after play,” said Botkin. “It’s going to be a four-quarter ballgame. (Auburn) is going to be physical and they’re going to try to wear you down with the up-tempo offense.  We can’t give up the big play, give them anything cheap, keep everything in front of us, play great redzone defense, make them kick field goals when they’re down there. It’s going to be a fun place to play,” added Botkin. “I’ve played there. It’s a fun place to play and it’s exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to practice again on Wednesday afternoon.

AUDIO: Grady Brown [2:44]

AUDIO: Kirk Botkin [3:04]

AUDIO: Deke Adams [1:22]


Steve Spurrier says there’s no pressure this week, oh and he’s not taking the Florida job (AUDIO)

No, Steve Spurrier is not interested going back to Florida to coach the Gators.

No, Steve Spurrier is not interested going back to Florida to coach the Gators.

Steve Spurrier held his weekly press conference Tuesday to preview the Gamecocks upcoming matchup at fifth ranked Auburn. The Gamecocks are an 18 point underdog this weekend; they have never beat the Tigers since joining the SEC in 1992. In fact, the last time the Gamecocks beat Auburn a man named Franklin D. Roosevelt lived in the White House. The year, 1933. Oh, Spurrier also answered a question about the buzz that he could be on Florida’s radar if the dump Will Muschamp. Enjoy!

  • Spurrier opened his press conference with this: “We are going to Auburn, the loveliest village on the Plains.”
  • J.T Surratt is still doubtful for the game. Busta Anderson tore his other triceps muscle and could miss the next two or three weeks or longer. Brandon Wilds should be back this week, same with Bryson Allen-Williams
  • Spurrier on how confident he is in his backup QBs after the way they played vs Furman: “Oh, they struggled a little bit.”
  • Spurrier: The backup kids are coming around, but hopefully they won’t have to play too much.
  • Spurrier said they take their football seriously at Auburn.
  • SOS on AU run: We will put a bunch of guys up there and see if we can stop them. You’ve always got to have hope something good will happen.
  • Spurrier: We slowed Georgia down a bit when we played them.”
  • Spurrier said he’s not 100 percent sure what head coaches that don’t call the offense or defensive plays do all week.
  • Spurrier on the talk about him returning to Florida: He laughed and said: “I’ve told people my next move will be to Crescent, Beach Florida.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier


Gamecocks and Vols will play under the lights

USC vs UT will be in prime time

USC vs UT will be in prime time

Each of the University of South Carolina’s next two football games will kick at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by the SEC Network, according to the Southeastern Conference offices.

The Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) will travel to Auburn this week to face the No. 5/6 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, October 25. Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be the announcers with Maria Taylor working the sidelines.

The Gamecocks will host the Tennessee Volunteers in another 7:30 p.m. ET start on Saturday, November 1. The SEC Network crew working that contest has not yet been announced.

Here are the football TV selections for November 1:

SEC NETWORK             12:00 ET    UL Monroe at Texas A&M
CBS                                  3:30 ET      Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
SEC NETWORK             4:00 ET      Kentucky at Missouri
ESPNU                             7:00 ET      Old Dominion at Vanderbilt
ESPN*                              7:00 ET      Arkansas at Mississippi State or Auburn at Ole Miss
ESPN2*                            7:15 ET      Arkansas at Mississippi State  or Auburn at Ole Miss
SEC NETWORK              7:30 ET       Tennessee at South Carolina

* Network will be selected after games of Oct. 25.  Time will not change.

Here’s the ACC TV schedule for November 1:

Duke at Pitt, ESPNU, Noon

Boston College at Virginia Tech, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)

North Carolina at Miami, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)

NC State at Syracuse, RSN, 3 p.m.

Virginia at Georgia Tech, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.