Sept. 8, 2009
Coach Spurrier's Press Conference
Head Coach Steve Spurrier
met with the media Tuesday afternoon to preview the Gamecocks' Saturday night game at Georgia. That contest will kickoff at 7:01 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
"We're about as healthy as we can be going into Georgia. Rodney Paulk suffered a season-ending injury. We're looking forward to seeing if we can play better offensively against the Bulldogs and try to score a few more points. Our guys are looking forward to going to Sanford Stadium for the first SEC game and playing the Georgia Bulldogs."
On Dion Lecorn and Alshon Jeffery
"Dion believes he's healthy enough to play. He practiced last night and ran around pretty well. Alshon is coming around and we believe he needs to play more. As a true freshman he has progressed about the way we would like. Obviously we need to throw a lot more completions than we did the first game to move the ball around."
On the offense against NC State
"It was a very conservative attack. We had some bad plays on about three of those occasions. It was a little too conservative at times. Hopefully we can get the ball moving around a little bit better this game. It was probably way to conservative an approach. Our defense was playing really well. Other than that we had some plays that didn't get executed and we had some plays that didn't have a chance."
On South Carolina-Georgia series
"They've all been very low scoring (games). Who knows what can happen; 18 points was the most either team has scored since I've been here. Sometimes when there's a lot of points scored there's points in the kicking game and turnovers. There haven't been too many of those. At some point we have to let our guys go play and see if we can make some plays happen and move the ball around a bit."
On offensive line and T.J. Johnson
"The offensive line probably graded better than last year when we scored 34 points against N.C. State. They played pretty well. They had struggles here and there but that's happened a lot. T.J. to have no missed assignment in 64 plays is very encouraging for us. He had a solid game."
On Georgia's personnel
"Georgia personnel-wise is better than N.C. State. N.C. State certainly has good linemen that can play with any group in the country, but linebacker and secondary-wise, Georgia is ahead of most schools in the country."
On away crowds
"The N.C. State crowd was loud and fired up. It was a big time atmosphere. Obviously Georgia's stadium is a little bigger. A little more than 30,000 (more people) will be screaming and yelling for the Bulldogs, but when you can't hear you can't hear so it makes no difference if its 60,000 or 80,000."
On the offense
"Someday we hope to be a very potent offense around here. When it's going to happen, we'll just have to wait and see. Stephen Garcia is making progress. He has a ways to go to improve things here and there, but he's trying and we'll see how it goes this week."
On Patrick DiMarco
"He's capable running inside. He's a good receiver running with the ball. When you have the spread offense with the option guy coming around, he's going to get some carries. He'll continue to get some."