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What Muschamp expects from early enrollees before spring, and what a few have shown

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What Muschamp expects from early enrollees before spring, and what a few have shown

February 12, 2019

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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will have nine new faces when his team opens spring practice near the end of February.

That group of early enrollees is already on campus and in the middle of offseason drills. Muschamp doesn’t put too much on them at this point in terms of expectations, instead focusing on something smaller.

“Been very pleased with their work ethic, very pleased with their eagerness to learn and to work,” Muschamp said. “That’s really right now my expectation. Bring your best version of you every single day. And if you do that, that will be fine.”

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp’s office in the Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center.

He and his staff haven’t had much time to work with the players or even oversee some of what they’re doing. They’ve been on the road recruiting, shoring up the final four spots in the 2019 class and getting groundwork laid for the next class coming in.

Instead, it’s been the strength staff, led by Jeff Dillman, working hands-on with them.

“Jeff Dillman’s been very pleased with the entire group,” Muschamp said. “We had them lift as one group, as far as that’s concerned, so we were able to pay a lot closer attention to them and the proper techniques and things in the weight room to go through.”

That’s not an unusual approach, as it allows the new players to get trained in exactly how the staff wants to do things while not slowing down the veterans.

Between Dillman’s assessments and his limited time on campus, Muschamp did have a few impressions of some of his new players.

On running back Kevin Harris:

“A guy that’s an explosive back. Watching him move around confirmed our thoughts coming out of camp and watching him on tape.”

On defensive end Zacch Pickens:

“To see him in person on our campus, working out, we started the offseason program with the coaches on Wednesday, and to see him moving around is really exciting.”

On quarterback Ryan Hilinski:

“Very pleased with his work ethic and seeing some of the things he’s done in our offseason program.”

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I am expecting the team to turn the corner this year.  I am the eternal optimist.  I have picked the exact number of wins in 2 of 3 of Muschamp's seasons. I was way off last year, but hope springs eternal. I really think we will be pretty good this year.  People keep making a big deal out of our schedule, but it's not that different from last year, except we add Alabama.  I tend to think the people that see us going 6-6 or 7-5, are crazy, but time will tell.

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1 hour ago, Cockyandproud said:

I am expecting the team to turn the corner this year.  I am the eternal optimist.  I have picked the exact number of wins in 2 of 3 of Muschamp's seasons. I was way off last year, but hope springs eternal. I really think we will be pretty good this year.  People keep making a big deal out of our schedule, but it's not that different from last year, except we add Alabama.  I tend to think the people that see us going 6-6 or 7-5, are crazy, but time will tell.

Man, I would agree with you but the four that stumps me are Alabama, Georiga, Clemson, and Texas A&M that's 4 their along then right behind them Florida, They will be very good this year and very much improved Tennesse on the road. Make me believe this is the year. How do you see the Gamecocks overcoming and beating them? If not that is 6 in the loss column right off the bat. I do feel good the Gamecocks will break one bad skid, that they will beat Kentucky. Mizzu 80%, Vandy 100% North Carolina 95% CSU 100% and APP ST. 99%.  I see the best case 7-5 would not be surprised seeing a 6-6 season. I want to be wrong. How are you seeing the season playing out?

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I have Alabama and Georgia down as losses.  I know some may think I'm crazy, but I have Clemson as a tossup.  If we had had a decent amount of our defensive starters this past year, so that we could have gotten 2 to 3 stops, we could have won that game.  I completely understand that injuries are part of football, and I don't consider the Clemson game a moral victory, but we were in that game.  They won, fair and square, but we had a shot in their house.  This year is in our place, and they will be good, but I think we have a decent shot.

We beat Tennessee last year, and yes, they will be better, but so will we.  It's at Neyland, so that gives them more incentive, but I'm not buying into Tennessee, yet.

Florida, and Texas A&M are both games we should have won last year.  We didn't, but I think this year will be different

The above mentioned games are games that I think we could lose, but I really believe that Bama, Georgia, and Clemson are obviously the toughest.  If we lose to Tennessee I'm definitely going to be pissed.  Florida should be ours, I believe, and if we don't beat A&M soon, I'm going to lose my mind.

The rest should be wins.  However, if we screw the pooch, and lose to Kentucky again this year, someone is going to have to bail me out of jail, or the nuthouse.

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