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Tuesday practice report with videos coaches & players

Tuesday practice report with videos coaches & players

 

GCF Staff Report

Oct. 06, 2015

 

 

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Gamecocks Begin Preparations for LSU

 

 

The University of South Carolina football team (2-3, 0-3 SEC) was able to get back to work at their new practice fields on Tuesday afternoon, taking advantage of a much-needed beautiful and dry day in Columbia.

 

The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday's SEC contest with the No. 7/5 LSU Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC). Game time is set for noon ET with ESPN televising the game nationally. Mark Jones will handle the play-by-play with Rod Gilmore providing the color commentary. Quint Kessenich is the sideline reporter.

 

The Gamecock defense will be challenged to stop LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who is considered one of the nation's top running backs. "You just have to love to play football," said co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke. "Because that's what this team does -- they play "old-school" football. They are going to run the ball downhill and it's going to come down to blocking, tackling and who gets off blocks. He's a good back. He's big and he's fast, so he's a good back. We have to do things to stop the run.

 

"They do a good job blocking," continued Hoke. "They do a nice job up front. They're well coached and they're very disciplined in what they do. You can't totally sell out (to stop the run). You have to be good in your run fits. You have to make sure that nobody gets out of their gap and then you have to gang tackle. The more people you get to the ball, the better it's going to be for you."

 

The Gamecocks could be facing some distractions this week with the flooding throughout the Midlands. "We've talked about it," said Hoke. "You've got to block out the noise. You've still got to go out and play. That's what we've got to do -- we've got to play the football game."

 

Among those who wore yellow "non-contact" jerseys on Tuesday included tailback Brandon Wilds (ribs), quarterback Lorenzo Nunez(shoulder), center Zack Bailey (hamstring), wide receiver Deebo Samuel(hamstring), and defensive tackle Gerald Dixon Jr. (knee). Center Alan Knott returned to practice after missing the last two games with an ankle sprain.

 

From USC Sports Information

 

Quick-hitters from the Gamecocks' practice Tuesday evening:

 

-- OL Alan Knott and WR Deebo Samuel were back in a garnet practice jersey today.

 

-- QB Lorenzo Nunez (shoulder), DT Gerald Dixon Jr. (knee), OL Zack Bailey (hamstring) were in yellow no-contact jerseys. RB Brandon Wilds did practice, but was also in a no-contact jersey.

 

-- DT Dante Sawyer says he has not worked at defensive end any this week.

 

-- All of the South Carolina coaches and players who have spoken have had nothing but great things to say about running back Leonard Fournette. Slowing the running game has to be the top priority for the defense on Saturday.

 

-- The coaches say that the players have to block out any outside distractions and just concentrate on doing their jobs on the field.

 

GCF Extra

 

South Carolina continued practicing for LSU on Tuesday and GoGamecocks.com was there. The highlights:

 

* Jon Hoke said that the key to stopping Leonard Fournette is to just play football. Stay in the gaps, stay mentally aware and get him down when USC has a chance. What makes Fournette so special? "He’s just a good back."

 

* Hoke wasn’t going to go into details about the gameplan (i.e. loading the box more against a run-first offense) but he did mention that the first priority is to stop the run.

 

* Issues outside of Columbia (game location, the flood tragedy) have to be secondary, Hoke said. The goal is to block out all the noise.

 

* Deke Adams likewise wasn’t going to give away the gameplan, but said that run priority is the goal. If not, it’s going to be a long day.

 

* CB Chris Lammons is working back to being a starter while CB Chaz Elder was limited in practice. His status for LSU is uncertain.

 

* Players who were injured or wore yellow jerseys were: QB Lorenzo Nunez (sprained shoulder), C Alan Knott (sprained left ankle), RB Brandon Wilds (ribs), TE Connor Redmond (back), QB Gage Pucci (knee), NT Gerald Dixon Jr. (knee), OL Cory Helms (shoulder), C Zack Bailey (hamstring) and C Cody Waldrop (ankle). QB Connor Mitch (shoulder) is out 1-3 weeks. WR Shaq Davidson (knee) and WR Jerad Washington (left leg) are out for the season.

 

* The Gamecocks will next practice at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday. It is closed to the public.

 

South Carolina freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez is not expected to throw during Tuesday’s practice because of a sprained shoulder suffered during Saturday’s loss to Missouri.

 

“He should be OK by the end of the week,” head coach Steve Spurrier said. Nunez will need to show Spurrier he can throw at some point during the practice week if he is going to start Saturday against LSU, Spurrier said. Nunez, who has made two career starts, looked Saturday like he could use as much practice time as he could get.

 

“He wanted to take off (and run) every play as you could tell in the game,” Spurrier said. “We need to coach him up a lot better and get the ball out of his hands when he goes back there. He sort of reverted back to taking off a little early the last game. That’s part of being a freshman and part of being a very good runner, I guess.”

 

Nunez is the Gamecocks leading passer (31 of 51 for 374 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptiosn) and rusher (45 carries for 299 yards) after five games. Junior Perry Orth and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia will “get ready” also, Spurrier said.

 

“We’ll wait until the end of the week to see where everyone is,” Spurrier said.

 

Injury update

 

Senior running back Brandon Wilds, who has missed the last two games due to a rib injury, could return Saturday.

 

“I think he should be ready. The trainer said he would practice (Tuesday),” Spurrier said. “He should be OK by this weekend. If he is, he’ll start the game.”

 

The Gamecocks have averaged 164 rushing yards in the two games Wilds missed. Center Alan Knott, who has missed the last two weeks due to a high ankle sprain, is questionable this week.

 

“He could be back snapping a little bit in practice today,” Spurrier said.

 

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who has three catches for 30 yards this season, remains questionable due to a hamstring injury.

 

“We're just waiting to see if he comes out there,” Spurrier said. “If the trainer says he can run and he says he can run, then we'll fit him in there somewhere.”

 

South Carolina freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez did not practice Tuesday due to a sprained shoulder suffered during Saturday’s loss to Missouri.

 

“He should be OK by the end of the week,” head coach Steve Spurrier said.

 

Nunez will need to show Spurrier he can throw during the practice week if he is going to start Saturday against No. 7 LSU, Spurrier said. Nunez, who has made two career starts, looked Saturday like he could use as much practice time as he can get.

 

“He wanted to take off (and run) every play as you could tell in the game,” Spurrier said. “We need to coach him up a lot better and get the ball out of his hands when he goes back there. He sort of reverted back to taking off a little early the last game. That’s part of being a freshman and part of being a very good runner, I guess.

 

Nunez is the Gamecocks leading passer (31 of 51 for 374 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptiosn) and rusher (45 carries for 299 yards) after five games. Junior Perry Orth and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia will “get ready” also, Spurrier said.

 

“We’ll wait until the end of the week to see where everyone is,” Spurrier said.

 

Inspiration

 

The last time South Carolina began a season 0-3 in the SEC was 2005, Spurrier’s first season at the school. On Tuesday, he was asked if he saw any similarities between this team and that team.

 

“No not really, not too much. I guess that’s not too encouraging words right there,” he said. “I don’t know. We’ll see. We’re going to make some changes.

 

“Let's go try to have fun. We can't do anything about the last five games. Let's go try and see if we can really go play this game well. That's what we're going to try and do.”




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