Late Saturday and in his press conference Tuesday, Will Muschamp knows that the weak play of his secondary became the Gamecocks’ undoing against Georgia in Athens.
Muschamp said there were two missed 50/50 balls that went for touchdowns, and breakdowns in the secondary tackling Georgia’s running backs that led to extra plays for a fatigued defense on the field at Sanford Stadium.
While hanging with the number one team in the country was something Muschamp said he was proud of Saturday night, he was careful to point out there’s no moral victory in finishing behind by 14.
One factor that led to some Gamecocks’ slippage was the absence of DJ Smith, who departed the game in the first half with a hip pointer after an illegal block from a Georgia lineman. Smith came back in the second half, telling reporters Tuesday he received a pain-killing shot to get him through the rest of the game.
Smith was among a few players who did not practice Tuesday for South Carolina, but Will Muschamp said those players who he held out will be able to play Saturday.
Click below to see Smith’s visit with reporters on Tuesday:
South Carolina will see Malik Zaire at quarterback for Florida, who threw for 138 yards and was held out of the end zone during a 45-16 loss at Missouri last week.
The echoing sentiment from players and Head Coach Will Muschamp remains that Florida is better than they’ve shown out this season.
The Gamecocks and Gators will face off at noon Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium on CBS.