The pressure of a 2-0 start for the South Carolina Gamecocks will hit a fever pitch when they step onto their home field for the first time this season at 7:39 PM Saturday night.
Will Muschamp addressed the media Tuesday in advance of the Gamecocks’ home opener against Kentucky, knowing full well that the three-game losing streak looms over the minds of his team, especially his seniors:
Last year’s problem against the Wildcats in Lexington, a 17-10 loss for USC, was stopping the run, as UK pounded the Gamecocks for 216 yards on 50 carries. The major part of last year’s rushing attack was Stanley “Boom” Williams, now gone via graduation, but Benny Snell remains for Kentucky. Muschamp believes this year’s group is more adept to containing the Wildcats.
The man who received the most attention coming out of game two was justifiably Deebo Samuel. The junior once again received SEC honors for his Special Teams prowess after his second kickoff return for touchdown in as many weeks. There’s already talk around the country about how much his impact on the team relates nationally, and Will Muschamp addressed what’s made the start of this season so uniquely special for him:
Jake Bentley has had a mixed bag over the first two weeks of the season. He’s been a bit anxious out of the gate in games, and struggled at times with consistency. On balance, however, Will Muschamp says he’s pleased overall where Bentley’s at, and will work with him and the rest of the team to channel their emotions properly for the home opener: