USC held its sixth practice of the pre-season Tuesday morning, its second straight day in full pads. Coach Will Muschamp wanted his offense to work on red-zone execution, a problem for the team last season. Based on the results today according to Muschamp, it remains a problem. In a statement after practice, Muschamp noted that while there was some positive ball movement, there were too many mistakes…turnovers and penalties…to make for a good performance.
Will Muschamp statement following Tuesday’s practice:
“We had some good ‘move the ball’ work and we ended in the red zone, which is something offensively we were less than 50 percent scoring touchdowns last year. We had some really good situational work down there. It was sloppy today for me. We want to be a violent but composed team and we didn’t show our composure today at some times and we have to handle that. We’ve got to be a more disciplined team. We had a tipped ball that caused an interception. We lined up offsides on defense on a critical third down stop. Just some things that we certainly need to correct and we will. We had some sloppy penalties and things today that we’ve got to eliminate in order to get where we want to get and win a championship. But (there were) a lot of teachable moments. We’ll look at the film tonight and tomorrow and continue to improve.”
The Gamecocks will be off the field Wednesday for weight room work and film study. They will return to the practice field Thursday.
Muschamp is scheduled to meet with the media in a Zoom session Wednesday. There was no media access Tuesday but Assistant AD for Athletic Communications and Public Relations Steve Fink provided a post-practice interview with transfer wide receiver Jalen Brooks.