USC coach Shane Beamer said at his weekly press conference Tuesday the bye week was a good one for his team from the standpoint of getting players healthy and also their on the field work. Beamer said receiver Juice Wells remains doubtful after meeting with a foot specialist in Charlotte Tuesday morning. Otherwise, players on the iffy list coming off the Tennessee game are good to go.
The Gamecocks are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. The Gators, coming off a win over Vanderbilt, are 4-2 and 2-1 in the SEC. USC is a two-point favorite for the 3:30 kickoff.
Some of Beamer’s key comments:
- Off week was great for them, productive on and off the field, reevaluated some personnel and some schemes, got some good on the field work as well.
- Florida QB is playing really well, completing over 80% of his passes in SEC games, great group of running backs, talented receivers and offensive line, big and physical, active in front seven on defense, huge up front, elite players in secondary.
- Wells is doubtful for Florida game, met with a specialist in Charlotte this morning, the injury is healing well, on a fast-track for healing, it’s a week to week thing; Henry is out this week, may be back by end of month, half the O-line is out with injuries.
- State of the program is very good, not happy being 2-3, overachieved the last two years so knows expectations were higher, knows he’s judged week to week and season to season, fired up about the future, knows how far they’ve come since December of 2020.
- Bye week was good for some of the young linebackers in terms of development, they need to develop depth there since Williams and Blanton are playing so many snaps.
- Have to play and coach better on the offensive line, part of the bye week was being able to take a step back and reevaluate, might be same five out there Saturday or there might be some adjustments.
- Responding to a question about what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said about Georgia buying players, if you want to win championships, you are going to have to be active on the NIL front and he is very active in helping his players achieve those goals, and he wants the USC fans to support the Garnet Trust.