Will Muschamp knows that Saturday in College Station represents the biggest test for his young defense and an offense that continues to shoot itself in the foot.
Multiple players along with Muschamp mentioned the missed opportunities in the red zone as things that have been a barrier for success for an offense deemed in the preseason as having the potential to be “explosive”.
It’s been far from that for the Gamecocks, as they rank 100th in Total Offense, and 11th from the bottom in red zone offense scoring on six of nine red zone possessions, four of them touchdowns.
Muschamp on Red Zone struggles and barriers to success on offense
On offense, OL Zack Bailey is still out with his ankle injury, and they will know the status of OG Cory Helms on Thursday. Sadarius Hutcherson filled in for Helms, and Malik Young will again man right tackle for Bailey.
Muschamp conceded that despite the offenses they have seen this year, the one they will see at Texas A&M is the best they’ve seen.
Muschamp on Texas A&M
The defense has improved despite losing a key member in Bryson Allen-Williams and continuing to plug in new players at multiple positions.
One player will make his return for the Gamecocks as DL Dante Sawyer practiced Tuesday morning.
Muschamp believes the key to success for those who lack game experience is to try to not put too much on their plate.
Muschamp on Defense and youth
Success away from home has been a landmark early in the season for the Gamecocks, as trips to Charlotte and Missouri both produced wins. Muschamp says the best part about this trip to College Station is they can use a carbon copy of the routine they used at Mizzou.
Muschamp on night games and travel
Finally, Will Muschamp was asked about the National Anthem protests that took place in NFL stadiums this past weekend.
Muschamp Statement on NFL National Anthem protests