COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, to preview Saturday’s home game against Vanderbilt.
Here’s what the Gamecocks second-year head coach had to say:
- Opening: Vanderbilt is an “experienced, veteran” football team. Ralph Webb, the running back, “runs the ball extremely hard.” Kyle Shurmer, the quarterback, “is playing extremely well this year.” South Carolina has faced the wide receivers the last couple of years. “They attack you, week-to-week, in how they want to go after you.
- Muschamp said all of the injured offensive linemen practiced and will play on Saturday. No decisions, he added, have been made about the starting lineup. Wide receivers Terry Googer and Chad Terrell are questionable.
- Muschamp said D.J. Wonnum’s mom and dad are from Thomaston, Ga., where his wife is from.
- “He’s got a lot of the intangible qualities that really good players have,” Muschamp said of Wonnum, adding that he’s one of the hardest working players on the entire team.
- On winning the coin toss and taking the ball first: “I felt like, offensively, we’ve had a good matchup and had the confidence in our players to go out and get some drives going, offensively.” The missed field goals on opening drives, which Muschamp pointed that they’ve done a few times, is “a little bit deflating.”
- Muschamp said there’s been no talk with the players about still being in contention for the SEC East. Their focus, he added, is on Vanderbilt. Plus, as Muschamp said, an SEC East title goes out the window with a loss to the Commodores.
- Sadarius Hutcherson has worked at left tackle some, along with Dennis Daley and Malik Young. Hutcherson competed with Young at left tackle during spring ball.