Will Muschamp knows there’s room for his team to grow, but he’s pleased with the progress his program has made so far.
Speaking on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Tuesday, the South Carolina coach gave his take on where the Gamecocks stand at the moment. He went out of his way to praise offensive advancements and the recent growth by key playmakers.
Check out Muschamp’s full thought on the subject below.
“We’re not where we want to be, but thank goodness we’re not where we were. … I think, offensively, we have the opportunity to have a pretty good group. Jake Bentley is a really good quarterback. We’ve got really good skill (players): Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Hayden Hurst, Rico Dowdle, A.J. Turner, Ty’Son Williams. I mean, we feel good about what we have as far as some playmakers are concerned and guys who have done it before. And I think we have improved on the offensive line.”
Later, Muschamp went on to say that the Gamecocks have some “unknowns” defensively going into the fall. He said South Carolina must become deeper up front and continue to improve its play near the line of scrimmage on that side of the ball.
Still, Muschamp’s thoughts about the Gamecocks’ offense have to be encouraging for South Carolina fans.
Bentley’s maturation will be fascinating to watch next season. As a freshman, the young quarterback threw for 1,420 yards with 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 7 games. Samuel also figures to play a major role in South Carolina’s offensive plans after he totaled 783 yards receiving last year.
It’s early, but there’s reason for optimism when considering the Gamecocks’ potential in 2017. South Carolina finished an encouraging 6-7 with a berth in the Birmingham Bowl last season, the Gamecocks’ first under Muschamp.
There’s a chance we’ll see even more gains made by Muschamp’s program next fall.