USC football coach Steve Spurrier held his weekly news conference Tuesday to preview Saturday’s game with top ranked Florida. The Gators are on a 19 game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the country. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow directs an offense which is averaging 35 points per game. The past two seasons the Gators put a total of 107 points on the scoreboard against the Gamecocks. USC last defeated Florida in 2005 in Columbia 30-22.
Spurrier talked in detail about the upcoming game with Florida and then disclosed that he will take over more of the play calling duties. He said he will also become more active in interacting with the offense when it comes over to the sideline during a timeout. He also talked about his coaching future at USC.
Steve Spurrier audio: (26:22)
USC senior defensive tackle Nathan Pepper and senior receiver Moe Brown also met with the media Tuesday. Pepper has 25 tackles and 2 sacks this season. He has come back from an early season knee injury to help anchor a Gamecock defensive line that’s been hard hit by injuries this season. The Gamecocks are still ranked in the top 20 nationally in total defense and are giving up just 121.6 rushing yards per game. Nate Pepper Audio: (3:53)
The Gamecock offense has gone into a scoring slump with just 49 points to show for their last four games. The running game continues to be a problem but the passing attack remains among the best in the SEC. The Gamecocks are averaging 246 passing yards per game. Brown is the team’s second leading receiver with
29 catches for 433 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s also rushed 9 times for 105 yards averaging 21 yards per carry. Moe Brown Audio: (8:24)
The Gamecocks are 6-4 and 3-4 in the SEC. Florida is 9-0 and 7-0 in league play. The Gators are 15 point favorites for the game which will kickoff at 3:30 and be televised by CBS.