*Written by student assistant Kelly McAlindin
Following Wednesday's practice, Gamecock Football players and coaches discussed their goals as they head into another tough match-up against the No. 9 LSU Tigers on Saturday.
When asked about facing one of the strongest defensive lines in the country, offensive line coach, Shawn Elliott, believes the Gamecocks must play to their full potential because they have yet to face a team like LSU, "We have to play a lot better, we're facing a totally different animal this week."
Although the LSU defense will be the team's toughest challenge on Saturday, Coach Elliott has faith in the player's abilities and is looking forward to the game, "Hopefully we can find some consistency and put together back-to-back goof games."
Coach Spurrier Jr. also feels optimistic in the offense's effort and progress so far this season and is confident in continuing their game plan, "Right now we're running the ball and winning and we are going to continue to do whatever it takes to do that."
The strength of the LSU defensive line is not the only thing on the minds of the players, however. They are also experiencing a building intensity and hype like they felt last week prior to the Georgia game.
For senior offensive center T.J. Johnson, this will be the first time playing in Death Valley at LSU. When asked about his expectations, he said he's heard lots of stories but looks forward to experiencing the atmosphere for himself, "It's an SEC stadium I've always wanted to play at and I'm excited to go."
Players, coaches, and fans alike are looking forward to taking home a win this weekend but it's especially important for the team to stay level-headed. When asked about how the team is handling the continued hype and excitement, junior quarterback Connor Shaw said, "We had a lot of excitement going into last week's game but I think we're handling it fine."
Watch full videos featuring players and coaches here and make sure to check back to GamecocksOnline.com for Thursday's practice recap from Defensive Coordinator, Lorenzo Ward.