South Carolina Head Coach Will Muschamp believes his players will not be affected by the unexpected layoff of last Saturday’s cancelled game against Marshall.
He outlined a schedule that resembled a typical bye week, with the only changes being his coaching staff was grounded in the state because of the storm instead of on the road recruiting.
The Gamecocks have not played since September 8th, a home loss to Georgia, and Muschamp believes that getting to see a Vanderbilt team that presents familiarity should favor them.
He also spoke about the peculiarity of having a week off this early in the season, how he spent it & and what the future holds about a possible rescheduled 12th game:
Muschamp on Vanderbilt & Week Off
Vanderbilt Stadium represents a good recent memory for the Gamecocks, as Muschamp earned his first victory as Head Coach at South Carolina during the opening week of the 2016 season.
Elliott Fry hit a career-long 55 yard field goal in the final minute to win the game for South Carolina, the first road game experience for current Gamecocks AJ Turner, Bryan Edwards and Deebo Samuel, among others.
One player who also played in that contest was Kyle Shurmur, who will play for the final time against the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Muschamp spoke about what makes him so difficult to defend:
Muschamp on Kyle Shurmur and Memories of First USC Victory
With the missed opportunity of not playing against Marshall last weekend, there remains some unresolved issues with South Carolina that were exposed against Georgia.
Muschamp went into the issue of drops, better utilzation of Deebo Samuel and the need for improved play at the safety position on defense:
Muschamp on Areas of Concern
Muschamp wore a “One Carolina” t-shirt promoting Hurricane Florence relief on Tuesday made by Palmetto Shirt Company. The proceeds of the shirt will raise money for Habitat for Humanity in areas affected by last weekend’s storm. To see and purchase the T-Shirt, click here:
The South Carolina Athletic Department is also soliciting monetary and material donations for Hurricane Florence relief.
South Carolina plays Vanderbilt at 4 PM ET Saturday on the SEC Network.