*Written by student assistant Kim Barrett
After practice Tuesday, defensive players and coaches talked to the media about preparations for Saturday's game against Wofford, and the excitement of the last home game for seniors.
Wofford is different from teams the Gamecocks have played this season because they run a triple option offense. After playing passing teams during their past two games, the Gamecocks' defense will be up against a tough running team. Devin Taylor explained that they are looking at film from similar teams they have played in the past to prepare for this type of offense.
When asked if he was worried about playing a running team this week, Taylor said, "All of us guys have to play disciplined throughout the whole game. Take a play off if we need it and listen to what the coach tells us."
Despite Wofford playing in the Southern Conference, a Football Championship Subdivision conference, Coach Lawing is quick to recognize the Terriers' ability. Lawing shared, "In my opinion Wofford runs the option better than any team in the country."
Coach Brown shared that his players need to make sure they focus their eyes on the right players to not miss any big plays. He explained, "If a corner spends too much time looking at the quarterback than they won't see the receiver running down the field."
Saturday's game is even more important for the seniors who will be playing their last home game as Gamecocks. Several players took the post-practice interviews as a time to reflect on what it feels like to be a part of the winningest class in Gamecock history.
When asked how they started the winning tradition, Shaq Wilson shared, "We all came from winning schools in high school, and the coaches decided they wanted to get winning players. We all brought that winning atmosphere here."
Coach Botkin has only been with Carolina for one season, but has as much pride for the senior class as a coach that has worked with players throughout their whole careers. Botkin attributes the Gamecocks' success to their senior leadership, stating, "Those guys are the reason we have been successful. The leadership, presence and energy they bring has helped this team. It's contagious and has helped everyone else play better."
The senior Gamecocks take an extreme amount of pride in the team they have been apart of, and are planning a strong finish for their last home game. When asked his feelings about his last game at Williams-Brice, DeVonte Holloman shared, "Its just special. We cherish every moment, and we are going to finish it with a cherry on top on Saturday."
Watch full videos of the players' and coaches' comments here, and check back to Gamecocksonline.com tonight for comments after Wednesday's practice.