Good morning, Gamecocks fans. Weather permitting, South Carolina will hold its second practice session of the week in preparation for Saturday’s game against No. 7 LSU, which is set to be played as scheduled. Both coach Steve Spurrier and players will address the media later today. Let’s go ahead and dive right into the news that needs to be part of your morning reading:
- Columbia and surrounding area continues to take damage from the flooding. Even so, the Gamecocks still managed to work in its first practice on Monday afternoon. Williams-Brice Stadium looks just fine, and one player is taking time out of his Tuesday morning to help with the rescue assistance effort.
- LSU coach Les Miles spoke with reporters Monday. As it turns out, South Carolina isn’t the only SEC team dealing with an offensive identity crisis — in the passing game, that is. The Tigers, of course, have no problem running the ball so long as they have studly sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette, who is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this season. On Monday, however, Miles made a point of mentioning that his receivers need to improve after LSU only mustered 80 passing yards against Eastern Michigan.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- This week’s South Carolina depth chart again features a new starter at wide receiver, according to David Cloninger of The State. Either tailback Brandon Wilds (cracked rib) or Shon Carson will spearhead the ground game on Saturday, but that decision naturally depends on Wilds’ injury status.
- Ben Breiner of The State delivers an excellent breakdown of just how the Missouri Tigers managed to dismantle Spurrier and the Gamecocks last weekend. Of note: six South Carolina drives crossed the Missouri 40-yard line, but only 10 points came out of those trips.
- Columnist Scott Davis over at GamecockCentral.com provides a candid take on the state of South Carolina football five weeks into the season.
- Former Gamecocks offensive lineman Ronald Patrick was signed off the practice squad by the Browns, joining his old teammate and quarterback in Connor Shaw.
Best stories from around the SEC
- Auburn dismissed star wide receiver Duke Williams
- Arkansas coach Bret Bielema had some lofty praise for Alabama’s defensive linemen
- Maty Mauk is still suspended, and Drew Lock will start again for Missouri in his place
— Connor Shaw (@cmshaw9) October 5, 2015