COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, to preview the Clemson game.
Here’s what the Gamecocks second-year head coach had to say during his press conference at Williams-Brice Stadium.
- Opening: “Looking forward to one of the great rivalries in all of college football. We’re certainly playing and coaching much better than we were a year ago.”
- Kelly Bryant “has played really good football for them.” Muschamp added, “He creates issues for you in off rhythm plays.”
- Muschamp said the Tigers have a good stable of running backs and wide receivers. The offensive line is deep.
- Defensively, Brent Venables “does a great job.” Muschamp added, “We’ve got to negate them up front and block those guys.”
- Antoine Wilder is out this week with a dislocated elbow. Jam Williams (shoulder) is good to go.
- “In this ball game, you don’t need a lot of motivation, at the end of the day. … We need to have a good, gradual build up to the game and we think we will.”
- What’s different about this team as opposed to last year’s: More depth, more age, even though they have so many freshmen and sophomores. “This football team competes. … I think that the one thing that I’ve been most consistent with this football team is the effort and competitive edge.”
- “I think we’ve improved tremendously from the beginning of the season,” Muschamp said of the offensive line.
- Jake Bentley’s improvement is “night and day,” because of what they’re allowing him to do at the line of scrimmage.
- The first day on the job, “when 38 people tell you to beat Clemson,” thats when Muschamp learned how important this game was to Gamecock supporters.
- Jay Urich is working as Kelly Bryant on the scout team. “Jay’s a really good athlete. He runs extremely well and throws it extremely well, so there’s a lot of carryover there.”