The USC offense this season was expected to be explosive, dynamic, everything it wasn’t last season when it finished 115th nationally in total offense at 347.5 yards per game. After three games this season, there’s slight improvement in the ranking at 112 nationally but the production actually is down to 321 yards per game. Almost all of that is coming from the passing game. The Gamecocks are 64th nationally with 235 passing yards per game, but they are 119th running the ball at 86 yards per game. At his Tuesday press conference, Will Muschamp detailed issues in the running game and his plans to get that part of the offense rolling.
Some key notes from Muschamp press conference:
- Impressed with the offense Skip Holtz and Todd Fitch run at Louisiana Tech.
- Bailey is out this week with a high ankle sprain. He’s in a cast.
- Sawyer is fine and practiced today. Samuel getting out of hospital today and spirits are good.
- Shi Smith will continue to play in the slot. Randrecous Davis also will get work there.
- Fine with the play calling, need to execute better, didn’t get into an offensive rhythm early.
- Bentley had really good passing numbers, they need to run the ball better, that will help passing game and everything.
- They have to evaluate what they are doing schematically in short yardage and also challenge his players to get a yard.
- 13 runs were called in the first 26 plays, some of those were RPOs to give Bentley a chance to see what’s in the run box.
- Yards after tackles hurt them but Kentucky only averaged 3 yards per carry on 44 called run plays.
Muschamp on getting over loss and getting better in the run game