South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp talked mostly of getting his team back in the process of executing “the basics” this week.
The Gamecocks did not show much consistency with offensive execution nor urgency with trying to score late in last week’s contest at Kentucky, leading to a 24-10 defeat.
One glaring issue was the effectiveness of QB Jake Bentley, who completed less than 50 percent of his passes on Saturday, and left the game with a knee injury.
Muschamp described his status as “probable” along with updating other injuries on the team looking ahead to this week’s matchup with Missouri:
Muschamp on Missouri & Injury Report
Gamecocks players were non-committal about Bentley’s progress with rehab, eluding to the fact that other players might have taken some of his reps in practice.
Muschamp said that Michael Scarnecchia will be ready to play, if needed, and that Dakereon Joyner has also done some work with the first group:
Muschamp on Backup QBs & Team Psyche
Last season, South Carolina defeated Missouri, 31-13, using a critical stretch where Deebo Samuel returned a kickoff for a touchdown and then capitalizing on a Tigers turnover, scoring 14 points in a span of three plays.
The win evened the school’s limited “Mayor’s Cup” series at four games apiece in games between the two schools residing in Columbia.
Missouri brings back much of its offense that feasted on weaker competition during the latter portion of 2017, along with a renewed concept of running the football under new Offensive Coordinator Derek Dooley.
The Tigers’ run game is a big concern for Muschamp, especially coming off the Gamecocks lackluster performance in the first half against Kentucky:
Muschamp on Defending Missouri & Fundamentals
In addition to the inability to stop the run, the Gamecocks lost their composure at times against Kentucky, taking penalties after the whistle and giving the Wildcats extra opportunities.
Muschamp has addressed that area with his team, saying that a team that was among the least penalized in the country last year should know better.
Muschamp on Discipline, Improving with Tackling and CB Rashad Fenton
Aside from Bentley, other members of the Gamecocks are dealing with bumps and bruises. Defensive back JT Ibe is expected to miss the next two games with a sprained knee, returning after the bye week. Defensive end/BUCK DJ Wonnum is also expected to return after the bye week and be ready for South Carolina’s game against Tennesee. One player who is expected to make his season debut Saturday is WR Chad Terrell who sat out the first four games rehabbing his previously torn ACL.
Other injury designations include: LB Eldridge Thompson (shoulder/questionable), TE Jacob August (concussion protocol/unknown), DB Jamyest Williams (shoulder/probable), DT Josh Belk (ankle/unknown), TE KC Crosby (broken finger/will play Saturday) and WR Bryan Edwards (ankle/probable).
South Carolina hosts Missouri at noon Saturday on the SEC Network.