Talking Tuesday: Shane Beamer previews Georgia State (AUDIO) #Gamecocks

Shane Beamer is ready to see how his team looks against an outside opponent (Chris Gillespie)

Game week for USC is here and Shane Beamer is ready to roll out his second edition of the Gamecocks. USC will face Georgia State at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night at 7:30. The Gamecocks are 13.5-point favorites in the first ever meeting between the programs.

Former USC offensive line coach and interim head coach Shawn Elliott and is 30-30 in five seasons with the Panthers. His best season thus far was last season when the Panthers went 8-5 with a bowl win over Ball State. Elliott is a Camden native and has a team with 20 Palmetto State natives including quarterback Darren Grainger of Conway who transferring in from Furman.

Some key notes from Shane Beamer:

  • Really good practice this morning, Kroeger, Beal-Smith both practiced today, available for Saturday, Rucker still has a ways to go to be ready. Otherwise good on injuries.
  • Depth chart released Monday may not be how they open Saturday, they have a lot of flexibility and depth at a lot of positions.
  • “No disrespect to Eastern Illinois (last year’s opener), this ain’t Eastern Illinois,” talking about Georgia State and how good they are and capable of beating SEC teams.
  • Georgia State was 8th nationally in rushing last season, so his defense will be tested right out of the gate.
  • Feels like he has a better handle on things because it’s his second year, but he still has the same anxiety about the opener he had last year.
  • Georgia State plays very hard, flies around on defense, disruptive and physical, lots of tackles for loss, turnovers, sacks.

Shane Beamer press conference

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