USC returns home Saturday afternoon for what could the most pivotal game on the rest of the schedule. The Gamecocks are 3-2 as they prepare for a 2-2 Arkansas team that will visit Williams-Brice Stadium. A win makes the Gamecocks 4-2 at the halfway point, the exact opposite of their record at the same point last season. And with winnable games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt coming up, a victory would give reason for hope for more wins than last season.
Will Muschamp’s theme at his Tuesday press conference was built around the future, a reset as he put it. He told his players what’s done is done and to focus on improving moving forward. The Gamecocks will do this knowing their offensive line is a mess due to injuries, the running game is struggling, and in general the team doesn’t make enough key plays to win tight games. But Muschamp said he’s not lost confidence in his team and he has seen a lot of positives on which to build.
Some key comments from Muschamp:
- Thought they had a very good practice this morning. Bailey, Helms, Young all day to day. Bailey has best chance to play. Googer day to day.
- RPOs have been really good in passing game, the quick game has been good, lots of explosive plays from that. Play action has been good.
- Have to find some balance between getting ball on perimeter more and getting more production from running game.
- Have to address issues in the red zone, have had plenty of scoring chances in the red zone and have to take advantage those opportunities.
- Bentley held ball too long too many times at A&M and some defensive guys got out of doing their jobs, tried to do too much.
- Deebo Samuel making progress, out of his cast in a walking boot, getting muscle stimulation treatment, still has no timetable on when to expect Samuel to be able to return.
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