South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp believes he brought a motivated group into Nashville which defeated Vanderbilt, and emphasized during his Sunday teleconference the need to have that continue.
The Gamecocks used the comments from Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason, saying the game would need to be a “street fight”, as the motivation they needed to earn their first road and SEC victory.
USC has a similar, yet different task this week, facing a Kentucky team away from home that’s defeated them in each of the last four matchups.
Muschamp called running back Benny Snell “a violent runner”, and said the Wildcats still have a lot of players they have had a hard time handling since he’s been at South Carolina.
Injury-wise the Gamecocks came out of the Vanderbilt game well, as CB Rashad Fenton (injured during the game) and DT Josh Belk were both back at practice Sunday for USC. Tight end KC Crosby broke his finger in the Vandy game, but Muschamp said, “he should be fine,” and able to play with it taped. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who went out with what looked like a scary injury late in the game, continues to be fine. Muschamp said after the game Saturday he could have returned to action if needed.
One player who wasn’t listed on the initial injury report is WR OrTre Smith, who Muschamp said is dealing with pain from a genetic issue subluxing one of his knee caps. Muschamp said Smith has been extremely limited since August, and could have played in an emergency. The Head Coach did not want to speculate on a next step for Smith until consulting with team doctors this week.
To hear Muschamp’s Sunday teleconference, click below: