The South Carolina Gamecocks reported to camp Thursday, with a renewed sense of trying to add to the accomplishments they’ve already achieved in Will Muschamp’s first two seasons at South Carolina.
Despite coming off a nine-win season and a New Year’s Day Bowl victory over Michigan, Muschamp still has his team’s eyes set on two main goals, winning the SEC and snapping the four-game losing streak to in-state rival, Clemson.
Muschamp detailed a sense of confidence in this group coming into Friday’s start of camp, and said the majority of the focus will be on themselves instead of their opponents:
Will Muschamp Opening Statement
On the injury front, DE Brad Johnson and LB Eldridge Thompson have hamstrings and will be limited early, RB Lavonte Valentine still needs to strengthen his knee, while DT Jabari Ellis, safety JT Ibe and WR Josh Vann hope to cleared midway through camp dealing with offseason injuries.
WR Chad Terrell is not expected to play until late September or early October. Coach Muschamp has put long snapper Ben Asbury on scholarship but he’s also dealing with an injury.
Muschamp also updated the statuses of recent Clemson transfer DL Josh Belk and suspended safety Javon Charleston below, along with more comments about his camp philosophy:
Muschamp on Camp, Josh Belk & Javon Charleston
South Carolina’s offense failed to achieve its high expectations going into 2017, which prompted the firing of Offensive Coordinator Kurt Roper and the promotion of Bryan McClendon to take his place. Muschamp also hired Dan Werner to coach the Quarterback room, adding a wealth of experience coming from previous stops at Ole Miss and Alabama.
The Head Coach believes both men can overcome last season’s shortcomings, and also speaks about how he’s handled the recent news regarding Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer:
Muschamp on QB Play, the Run Game & Urban Meyer
This year brings new reforms to the use of red-shirting, allowing coaches to use players in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility. It also marks the first full year following the new changes to the recruiting calendar.
Muschamp expounds on both below, as well as his feeling on one of his biggest concern spots, the secondary:
Muschamp on New Redshirt Rule
Muschamp on New Recruiting Calendar and Secondary
The Gamecocks will practice Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the first full-pads practice coming on Monday. South Carolina will hold closed scrimmages on August 13th and August 18th.