There are three SEC teams practicing this week. Alabama and Georgia, of course, are getting ready for the SEC Championship Game. And then there’s USC. The Gamecocks are preparing for Akron, an opponent added to the schedule after the Marshall game in September was cancelled due to the hurricane. Will Muschamp said today his goal has always been to get the Gamecocks to Atlanta, and he expects practicing the last week of November to become the norm.
The major personnel news of Muschamp’s press conference was running back AJ Turner will practice at nickelback this week. The Gamecocks are in dire need of help in the secondary and Muschamp said Turner’s skills he’s displayed on special teams warrants giving him a look.
Muschamp also said cornerback Jaycee Horn was still in boot in practice Tuesday but he hopes he will play Saturday. He also expects JJ Enagbare to return after missing the Clemson game and he plans to play him more at defensive end.
Muschamp said freshman linebacker Ernest Jones will play Saturday putting him at the cutoff of four games to preserve a redshirt. They’ll discuss with him later about playing him in the bowl game.
Muschamp also took a shot at the SEC office for not choosing quarterback Jake Bentley as the league’s offensive player of the week despite being the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for over 500 yards against a top five team. The league instead chose two other quarterbacks to share the honor, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Kyle Shurmur of Vanderbilt. Muschamp said in the SEC, sometimes the logo means more.
Will Muschamp opening comments on the Akron game
Muschamp on the affect on the offense of having Bryan McClendon on the sideline
Muschamp on the SEC office not choosing Jake Bentley as offensive player of the week