COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Saturday afternoon after the Gamecocks’ stadium scrimmage.
The practice was held in conjunction with the ladies’ clinic, which had about 500 participants.
“I wish we could have bottled the excitement and energy that they had, with our team today, but our guys did a good job today, we approached it well,” Muschamp said. “We did some situational work and then we did some move the ball.
“We did 1-minute, third-down, red zone work, continuing to introduce situations to our team. I think our guys have responded pretty well to what we’ve done. I’ve been pretty pleased. We’ve made some good strides, in my opinion, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Sophomore Bryan Edwards (hernia) is still wearing a non-contact injury jersey, but he had a couple of “really nice” third-down receptions on Saturday. Junior wide receiver Deebo Samuel “looked good.” Freshman wide receiver OrTre Smith “did some nice things.”
“I thought Jake (Bentley) threw the ball extremely well today, very accurate in some of this throws, especially in the third-down period,” Muschamp said. “I thought he looked really sharp in directing our offense. I thought we did a really good job getting a hat on a hat in the run game.
“Defensively, we’ve got to continue to make some strides up front … but I do think we’ve improved our team speed defensively. We’re going to have some guys come in and help us, defensively, in the fall that that aren’t here yet. And that’s always a concern as you leave spring, but that’s where we are.”