COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp meets with reporters every Tuesday afternoon to preview the upcoming game.
This week, the Gamecocks are back on the road to play Kentucky.
Follow along with SEC Country for live updates, starting around 1 o’clock.
12:58 p.m. — Muschamp knows the Kentucky OC from their time together at Auburn in 2006 and 2007. Muschamp said he expects both quarterbacks, Drew Barker and Stephen Johnson, to play on Saturday. “They’ve really been efficient offensively.”
12:59 p.m. — South Carolina’s OL was “out-physicaled” against Mississippi State, but played well against Vanderbilt and, as a whole, played well at home against ECU.
1:00 p.m. — McIlwain is the same guy he’s been since he arrived. “I haven’t seen any change, which is good.”
1:02 p.m. — Deebo Samuel moved around well. He’s still expected to play against Kentucky. Muschamp said they’re trying to do more research on why the hamstring issues have lingered for Samuel. It’s an issue that began in high school.
1:07 p.m. — Muschamp said McIlwain carries himself the way you want your quarterback to carry himself. Some of that comes from the support Perry Orth has shown.
1:08 p.m. — Kentucky goes up-tempo and wants to run the ball, but has some run, pass options. The tempo was there last week, but it’s the complete opposite of ECU, which “throws the ball all around the yard.” Muschamp said it’s tough to switch gears in five days when you “completely change,” even though there’s some carryover “concept-wise.”
1:11 p.m. — Darius English has “been very coachable” in the what they’ve asked of him. That’s among the many positives that English displayed over the last nine months since Muschamp’s arrival.
1:12 p.m. — Steven Montac asks a lot of good questions. “You can tell he knows ball.”
1:15 p.m. — Skai Moore has been cleared to run and lift. That came through just last week. Muschamp wants him to get bigger, stronger and more powerful. “He’s been able to lift and concentrate on those things he’s able to do, to continue to improve.”
1:17 p.m. — Muschamp is pleased with the progress of the tight ends. “It’s exactly how I would hope it would deal itself out.”
1:18 p.m. — “Really pleased with the (special teams) coverage units … it’s a work in progress. We spend a lot of time on special teams.”
1:19 p.m. — “We had a really good tempo at practice (Tuesday). The guys really respond and understand that you can’t flip the switch.”
1:21 p.m. — When asked how he would address a player who dropped the ball before crossing the goal line, “Not good,” Muschamp said with a laugh.
1:23 p.m. — When asked about the pros and cons of redshirting and not redshirting, Muschamp said, “There’s nothing wrong with redshirting. I redshirted. I wasn’t any good, but I was redshirted.”
1:24 p.m. — Larenz Bryant is running and “looked decent” at practice this morning. “He’s a guy we’re hoping to get back in the next couple of weeks.”