COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp met with reporters after Saturday’s 34-27 win over Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Here’s what the second-year head coach had to say after the Gamecocks improved to 6-2 (4-2 SEC):
- Opening: “Really proud of our football team. … We didn’t play well defensively. … You’ve got to give them so credit, too. Kyle Shurmer made some really nice throws.”
- “Offensively, moved the football. Stayed balanced in the game, ran the ball extremely well.”
- It’s a “huge, marked” improvement in the run game, the 200-plus-yard output.
- “Extremely proud of A.J. [Turner] and the power he has. He’s able to run through tackles.”
- Cory Helms tweaked the ankle. “He should be fine next week.”
- Dennis Daley is also fine.
- Muschamp said they felt they’d be able to get the ball downfield in the passing game. They were pleased with matchups they had, coming into the game.
- The offensive staff has “done a much better job” of determining what they can do on the ground, coming into any given game.
- “To be able to narrow things down, I think our guys are blocking it much better. Our backs are running better. … Again, I think it’s a credit, No. 1 to our staff and No. 2 to our players.”
- “Just because you run the ball sometimes on first-down, that doesn’t mean it’s being conservative,” Muschamp said, when asked about the drive, which began with about 4 minutes to play.
- “They understand it’s a big ball game against a good team,” Muschamp said about the Georgia game.
- On Parker White: “His leg swings have been good. The one he missed tonight, he hit the ball extremely well. … But I’m proud of how he’s continued to push himself through this thing, mentally.”
- Muschamp said the first thing Kurt Roper said in the locker room after the Tennessee game was “we’ve got to get Hayden the ball.”
- Offensively, they felt like the counter would be a good run for them. “I thought we blocked it extremely well tonight, except for the last on there on the first-and-10.”
- Sherrod Greene suffered a high thigh bruise during the Tennessee game. He was a game-time decision, but should be good to go against Georgia.
- There was a miscommunication on what the route should have been, when Bentley got hit with the intentional grounding penalty.