Gamecocks Focus Turns to Vols
Oct. 15, 2013
The No. 11/9 South Carolina football team returned to the Bluff Road practice fields on Tuesday afternoon. The Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 SEC) are preparing for Saturday's SEC matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 0-2 SEC).
Several players donned yellow "non-practice" jerseys, including linebacker Skai Moore (concussion), safety Chaz Elder (concussion), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (ankle), right guard Ronald Patrick (ankle) and running back Brandon Wilds (shoulder).
Despite holding Arkansas to seven points on just 37 offensive plays, defensive line coach Deke Adams said there is still work to do. "They did a good job but we made some mistakes. We still have a lot of things we have to clean up and we've got to get better, but it's good to see the progress."
The Gamecocks were effective defensively, despite standout linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles combining for just a couple of stops. "Obviously everybody looks at stats. But if you sit down and look at the entire game, you look at the way they played and how hard they played, then you see the true impact that they made in the game. There were times when Jadeveon was being blocked by two or three guys on a consistent basis. He's playing hard every week. I'm happy with the way he's playing. If he just keeps playing, the stats will come to him. Things have been said throughout the year about him, but you just turn the film on. You see how hard he plays." Adams acknowledged that Clowney was more verbal on the sidelines as well. "That was definitely a positive. He was talking before the game, talking at halftime, talking on the sidelines, and the guys feed into it. That's going to be a big impact for us if he continues to do that."
Saturday's game is set for Noon ET at Neyland Stadium (102,455) in Knoxville. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Brian Griese in the booth and Tom Luginbill on the sidelines.