While the South Carolina Gamecocks still have a couple of practices scheduled in April, they know the spotlight is fast approaching with Saturday’s March 31st Spring Game.
Players spoke to the media for the final time before taking the field on Saturday, with the main focus surrounding the new fast-paced tempo of the offense and its effect on the entire team’s conditioning.
Gamecocks running back AJ Turner said the groundwork started for the change during bowl practices:
Tight end KC Crosby said Wednesday he’s not worried about filling the spot once occupied by Hayden Hurst.
Despite the change in offensive tempo, offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson says very little changes for him:
The defense has had to deal with the winds of change as well this Spring. One of the biggest changes is a new vocal leader in linebacker TJ Brunson:
Defensive lineman Keir Thomas has moved full-time to the interior of the front four, and he believes his athleticism can be an asset:
One player who got an early start with the Gamecocks, MJ Webb, didn’t see any time during a redshirt season last year. Webb believes he can start contributing immediately this season:
Javon Charleston saw one of the biggest growths of any player on the Gamecocks defense, going from a walk-on offensive and special teams player to a scholarship-earning safety. He’s getting used to shouldering more of the load:
As for special teams, kicker Parker White still returns as the main kickoff specialist, but has company at placekicker. White is fighting off returning kicker Alex Woznick and graduate transfer Shane Hynes who will join the program in the Fall. White says his confidence is miles ahead of where he was in his first collegiate game last year:
South Carolina will hold its Spring Game Saturday at noon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and will be teleivised on the SEC Network.