USC is about to get it’s biggest challenge of the season. The Gamecocks managed to split their first four games, but none of those opponents are on the same level as #9 Texas A&M. The Aggies have a dangerous offense and a fast and physical defense that could present a matchup nightmare for for USC. Will Muschamp knows he has a tall order in front of them and that it will take the Gamecocks best game of the season to hang with the unbeaten Aggies.
Check out the highlights from Muschamp and take a listen to some of what he had to say below.
- Muschamp says Texas A&M is a complete football team; they are good in all three phases.
- “They play fast and physical. They play the way you are supposed to play.”-Muschamp on Texas A&M
- Chaz Elder returned to practice today. They expect him to play. WR Dreak Davis is still out.
- Muschamp said the “consistency of execution” is the biggest thing that needs to change with the offense.
- Muschamp said going into the season they were going to count on Debo Samuel and they’ve only had him for one game. That’s hurt them, he said.
- Muschamp said Debo Samuel ran around well in practice Tuesday, but they will continue to monitor his hamstring this week before determining how much he will play Saturday.
- Muschamp said tackling in space against skilled guys will be a key for the Gamecock defense.
- The defensive goal for USC each week is 16 points or less.
- Muschamp said his focus is being realistic about where the team is and making sure they do things the right way each day.
- Muscamp said communication on defense will be very important this week. He said home games can be more of a challenge because the crowd is loud when the defense is on the field so they work with crowd noise in practice before home games, too.
- Muschamp said Brandon McIlwain will start and it is his game Saturday against Texas A&M.
- Bryan Edwards tweaked his hamstring Saturday at Kentucky, but practiced Tuesday and should be ready to go this week.
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