August 1, 2015

Steve Spurrier optimistic and excited about his 11th season at USC (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier is about to start his 11th season running the USC football program, and, despite a down season a year ago, he is fired about about the upcoming campaign. At his media golf tournament Wednesday, Spurrier said he has a staff that plans on coaching better and a group of players that should help solve a lot of the issues that plagued them a year ago. Despite the fact the preseason pundits aren’t expecting much from the Gamecocks, the HBC said they have a team capable of competing in every game.

Editor’s note: Steve Spurrier’s team won the media golf tournament. Phil Kornblut was on his team. Be prepared to hear countless exaggerations of the role Korn played in said victory for the next several years.

You can listen in to what Steve Spurrier had to say about his quarterbacks, his defense, his expectations and more below:

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier Golf Tournament

Steve Spurrier is tired of “enemies” talking about his age (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier said he has heard enough talk about his age.

Steve Spurrier said he has heard enough talk about his age.

Steve Spurrier says he is sick of people talking his age. So sick that he called in impromptu news conference to tell people not to listen to his enemies. Who are his enemies? The media, according to the HBC. More specifically, someone who covers Georgia, apparently. But the HBC had plenty to say.  He got a proverbial shot in at Clemson, cited a team doctor that told him he has the body and mind of a 55 year old, and declared they had an excellent team.  And that’s only a small part of it.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

You can watch the video of our Periscope feed here.

You can listen to the audio below:

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier

 

Spurrier joins other SEC coaches making the ESPN rounds Tuesday (AUDIO)

Spurrier on ESPN Tuesday

Spurrier on ESPN Tuesday

Four days of exclusive access to SEC football coaches in Hoover last week obviously was not nearly enough to feed the insatiable appetite at ESPN for all things SEC.  Monday and Tuesday the league’s coaches went thru the ESPN  “car wash” which means they went from show to show on TV and radio to answer the same questions they were asked last week. [Read more…]

Three Gamecocks named to pre-season All SEC football team

Pharoh Cooper

Pharoh Cooper

Three University of South Carolina football players, Pharoh Cooper, Elliott Fry and Brandon Shell, have been named to the preseason All-SEC squads, as selected by the media attending the annual SEC Media Days in Birmingham, it was announced today.

Cooper, a 5-11, 207-pound junior from Havelock, N.C., was named to the first-team unit as an all-purpose back, and was a second-team selection as both a wide receiver and return specialist. Cooper earned first-team All-SEC honors a year ago at wide receiver and was a second-team pick as an all-purpose back after finishing third in the league in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and receiving yards per game (87.4), fourth in receptions per game (5.3) and ninth in all-purpose yards per game (108.5). Cooper has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell, Hornung and Biletnikoff awards.

Fry, a 6-0, 164-pound junior from Frisco, Texas, was named to the second-team unit as a placekicker. Last season, the Groza semifinalist connected on 18-of-25 field goals, ranked third in the SEC with 105 points, the third-highest single-season mark in school history, and was fifth in in the SEC in points per game at 8.1. He has hit on 33-of-43 career field goal attempts and on 105-of-106 extra points, including his last 99 in a row, a school record. Fry is on the Groza preseason watch list and was nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He was also a member of the 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Shell, a 6-6, 328-pound offensive tackle from Goose Creek, S.C., garnered a spot on the preseason third-team unit. The fifth-year senior has made 36 starts over the past three seasons, the most on the squad, including a streak of 35 consecutive starts. He is a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Here’s the entire team:

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB       Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (170)

RB        Nick Chubb, Georgia (189)

RB        Leonard Fournette, LSU (180)

WR      Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (169)

WR      D’haquille Williams, Auburn (154)

TE        Evan Engram, Ole Miss (128)

OL        Cam Robinson, Alabama (167)

OL        Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (159)

OL        Vadal Alexander, LSU (131)

OL        John Theus, Georgia (129)

C          Ryan Kelly, Alabama (144)

Second-Team

QB       Jeremy Johnson, Auburn (89)

RB        Derrick Henry, Alabama (151)

RB        Jonathan Williams, Arkansas (82)

WR      Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (147)

WR      De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State (59)

TE        Hunter Henry, Arkansas (97)

OL       Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (124)

OL        Dan Skipper, Arkansas (95)

OL        Denver Kirkland, Arkansas (85)

OL        Greg Pyke, Georgia (83)

C          Mike Matthews, Texas A&M (108)

Third-Team

QB       Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (62)

RB        Alex Collins, Arkansas (80)

RB        Kenyan Drake, Alabama (34)

WR      Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (50)

WR      Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (39)

TE        O.J. Howard, Alabama (87)

OL        Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas (72)

OL        Alex Kozan, Auburn (69)

OL        Avery Young, Auburn (57)

OL        Brandon Shell, South Carolina (50)

C          Evan Boehm, Missouri (81)

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL        Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (173)

DL        A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (160)

DL        Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (155)

DL        Carl Lawson, Auburn (131)

LB        Reggie Ragland, Alabama (181)

LB        Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (121)

LB        Curt Maggitt, Tennessee (102)

DB       Vernon Hargreaves, Florida (186)

DB       Cyrus Jones, Alabama (126)

DB       Jonathan Jones, Auburn (122)

DB       Jalen Mills, LSU (118)

Second-Team

DL        Jonathan Bullard, Florida (115)

DL        Derek Barnett, Tennessee (105)

DL        Jonathan Allen, Alabama (99)

DL        Chris Jones, Mississippi State (93)

LB        Kendell Beckwith, LSU (93)

LB        Leonard Floyd, Georgia (92)

LB        Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn (80)

DB       Tony Conner, Ole Miss (117)

DB       Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (115)

DB       Will Redmond, Mississippi State (79)

DB       Tre’Davious White, LSU (61)

Third-Team

DL        Montravius Adams, Auburn (90)

DL        Jarran Reed, Alabama (60)

DL        Davon Godchaux, LSU (40)

DL        Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (34)

LB        Kris Frost, Auburn (77)

LB        Antonio Morrison, Florida (66)

LB        Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (61)

DB       A.J. Stamps, Kentucky (59)

DB       Eddie Jackson, Alabama (58)

DB       Jamal Adams, LSU (56)

DB       Johnathan Ford, Auburn (52)

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P          JK Scott, Alabama (161)

PK        Marshall Morgan, Georgia (100)

RS        Speedy Noil, Texas A&M (117)

AP        Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (112)

Second-Team

P          Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (92)

PK        Elliott Fry, South Carolina (87)

RS        Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (75)

AP        Leonard Fournette, LSU (85)

Third-Team

P          Jamie Keehn, LSU (52)

PK        Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky (59)

RS        Leonard Fournette, LSU (66)

AP        Speedy Noil, Texas A&M (84)

NOTES: 

* – The top vote-getters in 2015 were Nick Chubb (Georgia), Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) and Reggie Ragland (Alabama). Hargreaves was voted to the preseason media team as well in 2014.

* – Since 2000, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden is the only unanimous selection to the SEC Media Days First Team at his position, collecting possible votes that year.

* – Alabama had the most first-team selections this season with six.  Since 1992, the most players on a first-team nine by Alabama in 2011, followed by eight by Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009).

SECMD2015: Listen to USC coach Steve Spurrier (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

Get a preview of the USC Gamecocks’ 2015 season from head coach Steve Spurrier  as he spoke Tuesday at SEC Media Days.  We have the full audio of his comments here. [Read more…]