USC coach Steve Spurrier had a couple of major pieces of news to share with the public during his weekly Tuesday news conference. First, starting quarterback Connor Shaw is not seriously injured and will be able to play this Saturday against Kentucky. Shaw went down with what was called a shoulder sprain in the first quarter of last weekend’s win at Central Florida and was projected to be out up to two weeks. But he was at practice Monday and was able to throw the football 55 yards according to Spurrier.
Second, receiver Shaq Roland is now serving a three game suspension, retroactive to the Central Florida game, and won’t be back until the Tennessee game. Spurrier, when asked, would not elaborate on the reason for the suspension other than to say it was a violation of university policy. A source told SportsTalkSC.com Tuesday afternoon the suspension was due to failed drug tests for the prescription drug Adderall.
Other notes from Spurrier’s Tuesday presser:
- Spurrier pleased its another sellout. Says can’t complain about fans leaving early but wants students to stay till end.
- Going to lighten up on the players in practice and try to get fundamentally sound.
- Spurrier says tackling issues is related to fundamentals. Said one LB told him he’s trying to knock guys out.
- RB David Williams is likely to play some Saturday.
- Spurrier said in the future if he has a 10 point lead with 3 plus minutes left he’s going to take a knee.
- Spurrier said he thought LSU would beat Georgia but wasn’t thinking that much about it.
Spurrier is 19-1 all time against Kentucky with that loss coming in 2010. USC has won 16 of the 24 games in the series including the last two. In the last meeting in Columbia, Shaw passed for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 54-3 win. The Gamecocks rolled up 639 yards of offense, their most under Spurrier. The Gamecock defense held Kentucky to just 96 total yards.
The Gamecocks have won 13 straight home games, the third longest in the nation behind Michigan (17) and Georgia (15).
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 7:38 and will be televised on FSN.