USC football continued its “mock game week” on Wednesday as the countdown to next Saturday’s season opener against Eastern Illinois continues. The Gamecocks worked out in the morning before the two coordinators met with the media to update the team’s progress.
Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield echoed the comments of head coach Shane Beamer when asked about naming a starting quarterback. “Sooner rather than later, but I think we’re doing our due diligence right now to make sure we’re getting as much information on these guys as we possibly can,” Satterfield said. “Luke is out of his cast now, he’s back, so we want to see where he goes and his availability before we rush to judgement, rush to a decision.”
Satterfield also took time to brag on his running backs and the competitive depth of the group. “You slip one or two days in that room, you can go from one to three or one to four pretty quick.”
Meantime, defensive coordinator Clayton White says his unit has started breaking down Eastern Illinois, noting that he’s glad to have some game film to review this weekend as the Panthers open the season with Indiana State on Saturday.
White raved about the play of Alex Huntley on the defensive line, along with Tyrese Ross in the secondary. “Tyrese Ross has solidified himself as two or three safeties that are going to play. He’s an old school safety. He’s like a 1985 safety, Steve Atwater (Pro Football Hall of Famer) type of guy. He’s going to come down hill and hit you.”