The countdown to the season opener at USC continues as the Gamecocks gear up for Saturday night’s encounter with Eastern Illinois. On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, DC Clayton White, and special teams boss Pete Lembo met with the media to discuss plans for Saturday’s outing.
Satterfield says the Panthers have improved their size from last spring to now. “They are going to make you earn everything. They’ll let you throw five or six hitches down the field, so their banking on us to go off schedule and not just keep doing that and beat ourselves. So we’ve got to be patient and take what they give us.”
White says that Eastern Illinois has improved greatly from this past spring as an offense. Noting that the Gamecocks will have to do a, “great job of containing their QB (Otto Kuhns). I think he does a fantastic job of getting outside the pocket and making plays.”
Special teams coordinator Pete Lembo says it’s a luxury to have inherited an older group of players as he begins his first season at USC. “There are some veteran specialists, led by Parker (White). He’s been a pleasure to work with this preseason. Kai Kroeger, while he’s not what I would consider a real veteran player yet, he handles himself like a veteran player.”