October 30, 2014

Dylan Thompson, A.J. Cann preview match up with Vols (AUDIO)

Thompson hopes the offense continues to roll against UT.

Thompson hopes the offense continues to roll against UT.

STORY FROM USC SID

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) practiced Wednesday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

Wide receiver Pharoh Cooper has been impressive in his second year in the program. “I think he’s a pretty good player,” said wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. “I think he’s played about as well as you can. He’s got a lot ahead of him that he can do. He’s proven what he can do. He’s a really talented young man.”

The Gamecock offense clicked on most cylinders last Saturday in scoring 35 points at Auburn. “Hopefully it’s like that every week,” said Spurrier Jr. “Some weeks it doesn’t work that way. Hopefully we recognize that we’ve got good players and when we play well and execute well we can make a difference. We need to keep doing that. We know there’s a lot of things we can do better.”

“Hopefully we’ll be better,” added senior quarterback Dylan Thompson. “We missed some chances as everyone knows to put up more points. I feel like we should have scored probably 50 to be honest. I made some mistakes down there. I think we have the confidence that we can put up however many points as we need to.”

Despite the solid offensive performance overall at Auburn, the Gamecocks continued to struggle in the fourth quarter. “We have had some bad fourth quarters,” acknowledged Spurrier Jr. “We’ve got to find a way to repeat our second and third quarters with our fourth.”

The Gamecocks are slated to work out again on Thursday afternoon.

AUDIO: Dylan Thompson [3:10]

AUDIO: AJ Cann [2:10]

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier Jr. [2:20]

 

Gamecocks gettting ready to host Volunteers (AUDIO)

Pharoh Cooper makes one of his catches vs Auburn

Pharoh Cooper makes one of his catches vs Auburn

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) worked out Tuesday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

The Gamecock defensive coaches know there is still a lot of work to be done to become a more solid unit over the final four games of the regular season. “All the kids are making mistakes,” said defensive line coach Deke Adams. “Obviously, that’s part of the problem. But they are working hard. They are playing hard. That hasn’t been the problem. We’ve got kids making mistakes all over the field. We’ve been talking about focusing on doing our job, trusting the guy next to us, trusting the guy behind us and be where we’re supposed to be.”

True freshman Bryson Allen-Williams had his first taste of duty at the defensive end spot at Auburn. “He made some mistakes, but that was his first week,” said Adams. “When you hadn’t played there all year and then you line up against the No. 5 team in the country, it’s tough. He played hard, he did some good things, but he made some mistakes as well.” Adams noted that Allen-Williams played that position in high school. “It’s been a pretty smooth transition, but he still needs to learn some things,” said Adams.

Adams is aware that Tennessee may play a couple different types of quarterbacks on Saturday. “We’ve got to play whoever they put back there,” said Adams. “We know it’s different when they change and put No. 11 back there. He’s a different type of quarterback. He’s a running quarterback. That changes things a lot, but we’re prepared. We know some of the things we have problems with and we feel like we know what we’re going to see.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to work out again on Wednesday afternoon.

AUDIO: Kirk Botkin [0:56]

AUDIO: Sharrod Golightly [2:04]

AUDIO: Deke Adams [4:19]

AUDIO: Chris Lammons [2:06]

Talking Tuesday: Spurrier says spread the blame around for Auburn loss (AUDIO)

At his Tuesday news conference, Steve Spurrier had one point he wanted to make clearly…the defense alone didn’t lose the Auburn game.  Spurrier pointed out that the offense failed to capitalize on three trips into the red zone and should have scored eight touchdowns instead of five.  So, it was a “we” loss, a team loss, according to Spurrier, and not just the fault of one part of the team.   That’s not to say Spurrier isn’t perplexed by the lack of improvement on the defense.  He is.

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USC beats Benedict in exhibition game 92-47 in front of more than 10,000 (AUDIO)

Ty Johnson led USC with 23 points (File Photo)

Ty Johnson led USC with 23 points (File Photo)

USC played Benedict College for the first time Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game at the Colonial Life Arena.  USC was the winner 92-47, but the big winner might have been basketball in the city of Columbia.  USC announced a crowd of just over 10,000, by far the largest ever for an exhibition game at the CLA.

The Gamecocks dominated the smaller Tigers inside outscoring them 42-10 in the paint, winning the rebounding battle 61-31  and blocking 9 shots.

Five Gamecocks scored in double figures led by Ty Johnson’s 23 points in his first game since breaking a bone in his foot last January.  Demetrius Henry added 15 points and Sindarius Thornwell knocked down 14 points.

Inside, Laimonas Chatkevicius recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.  And Michael Carrera grabbed 15 boards.

Kareem Ransom was the only Benedict player in double figures with 12 points.  Te Tigers made only 13 of 69 shots (18.8%).

USC coach Frank Martin said after the game freshman guard Temarcus Blanton is out for the season after having hip surgery on Friday.  And walk on guard Austin Constable will miss the season with a torn ACL.  Also Justin McKie missed the game with a concussion.

AUDIO: Frank Martin [13:13]

Final Stats

Spurrier reviews the one that got away at Auburn (AUDIO)

Shaq Roland's touchdown catch gave USC the early lead at Auburn

Shaq Roland’s touchdown catch gave USC the early lead at Auburn

USC had a golden opportunity Saturday night  to score one of the major upsets of the season.  The Gamecocks went toe to toe with 4th ranked Auburn before losing 42-35.  Steve Spurrier was at the top of his game with his daring play calling and overall strategy.  But his offensive genius and overall play calling guts were not enough to overcome the matchup of Auburn’s high powered offense and USC’s porous defense.

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