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Will Muschamp will face off against former South Carolina assistant and current Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Previewing Louisiana Tech; plus, Jake Bentley’s positive takeaways from Kentucky loss

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Will Muschamp talks Louisiana Tech

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the Gamecocks’ game against Louisiana Tech this Saturday.

“When you turn the tape on to Louisiana Tech, you better move on quick, because they’ve got a good football team,” Muschamp said. “Our guys realize that we need to get ready to roll.”

He continued on to call the Bulldogs “well-coached” and praised their “good team speed overall.” Louisiana Tech is coached by former South Carolina assistant Skip Holtz.

Jake Bentley optimistic, despite loss to Kentucky

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley spoke to the media on Tuesday, discussing the positive takeaways from the Gamecocks’ 23-13 loss to Kentucky last Saturday.

“Completing 16 passes in a row. A lot of things that were good during the game, so we’ve just got to really try to focus on that,” Bentley said. “Try to learn from what we did wrong, but really try to focus on what we did right, continue to build and continue to grow in our offense.”

The sophomore has completed 63 percent of his passes for 706 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions through three games this season.

Starting tackle to miss Louisiana Tech game

South Carolina will be without starting right tackle Zack Bailey on Saturday when it plays host to Louisiana Tech, Muschamp told reporters on Tuesday.

“Zack Bailey will be out this week,” Muschamp said. “He’s got a high-ankle sprain, so maybe a couple of more weeks. It could be a couple of weeks. I’ll know more Thursday. They put him in a cast to really limit the swelling, as much as anything.”

Junior Malik Young, who started two games at left tackle this season, is expected to fill in for Bailey.

Gamecocks announce new kickoff returner

Junior cornerback Rashad Fenton will handle kickoff return duties for South Carolina moving forward. Fenton takes the place of injured wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

“Right now, Rashad Fenton is the kick returner and A.J. [Turner] stays as the off returner, as far as kickoff is concerned,” Muschamp said. “Certainly, Rico [Dowdle] is a guy that can go back; Shi Smith is a guy that can go back. Ty’Son Williams can go back as an off returner. We have some options.”

Fenton returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against LSU in 2015.

South Carolina’s 2018 schedule released

The SEC released its full 2018 football schedule on Tuesday.

South Carolina will open the season with three consecutive home games for the first time since 2014.

Also of note, South Carolina’s annual game against Georgia returns to its usual early season slot, scheduled for Week 3 in Columbia.

“Georgia is back on the September slate, which always pleased the HBC,” wrote SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “It’s a bit noteworthy that South Carolina hasn’t opened SEC play against its rivals from the East since 2013 in Athens.”

4-star CB likes opportunity with Gamecocks

Despite being committed to Tennessee, 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn visited South Carolina on Saturday. Horn recapped his visit with SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut.

“They’ve got Jamarcus King; he’s a senior DB. Chris Lammons, he’s a senior,” Horn said. “And Rashad Fenton might come out, so I mean it’s a good opportunity to play there, and their program is on the rise.”

The son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee is rated as the No. 218 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

South Carolina AD Ray Tanner writes letter to fans

South Carolina football fans received an email from South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner on Tuesday regarding several of the game-day issues experienced during the Kentucky contest last Saturday.

“I have heard from many of you concerning issues about your experience on game day,” the letter reads. “You should always have an enjoyable time when you visit one of our venues, especially Williams-Brice Stadium. After meeting with my staff, contractual partners and vendors, I would like to share with you what I have learned.”

Tanner goes on to address complaints about the water pressure and volume of the DJ’s music.

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