Defense's newcomers to be tested early in season opener for Game - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Defense's newcomers to be tested early in season opener for Gamecocks

(Source: WIS) (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The school year may have just started, but the South Carolina Gamecocks defense will face their first test in the Belk College Kickoff.

A year ago, USC surrendered just under 21 points per game. But this year's unit has a few different pieces that offer a few different intangibles. Still, Muschamp believed his guys a willingness to play tougher after going through a rigorous camp over the last month.

“Our guys embraced it,” Muschamp said. “I don’t know that we walked out of any practice or meeting and didn’t feel good about making some positive progress. But again, you’ve got to do it on gameday. I told one of the staff members walking back from practice it’s been a fun group to be around as far as how they’ve gone about their business. They practice the right way and go about their business the right way. So, it’s been fun.”

The Gamecocks enter this weekend’s contest replacing 12 seniors on defense. But even with a few new faces taking over in spots for USC, Muschamp is optimistic heading into the season opener.

“They still haven’t lined up in front of 80,000 people yet,” said Muschamp about his new guys. “That doesn’t change anything, but I like the ability. I talked about Eldridge Thompson and Sherrod Greene earlier. They’re good football players. They just haven’t necessarily done it in this setting before. So, I’m excited about seeing both of those guys play on Saturday.”

To help the defense’s newcomers, Muschamp told reporters that the coaching staff has taken steps to help the players do what they do best on the field.

“We’ve cut back a little bit, maybe volume wise, in what we do,” Muschamp said. “D.J. Smith can handle everything we want to do. Chris Lammons can handle everything. Skai Moore, those guys, they can handle everything.  Well, what if they’re not in the game? You’ve got to be careful about what you’re calling in those situations with the combination of different players you might have in the game. So, those are things that we’ve had a lot of discussions about in the last 10 days of what exactly do we do best with this player in the game and what can he execute. They may go in motion so we’ve got to make an adjustment in those situations.”

The Gamecocks will test their defensive skill in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium against NC State on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Copyright 2017 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Waters' field goal gives LSU 64-63 win over Missouri

    Waters' field goal gives LSU 64-63 win over Missouri

    Saturday, February 17 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-02-18 02:00:41 GMT
    Tremont Waters (Source: WAFB)Tremont Waters (Source: WAFB)

    Tremont Waters made a shot in the lane with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a 64-63 Southeastern Conference victory against Missouri on Saturday.

    More >>

    Tremont Waters made a shot in the lane with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a 64-63 Southeastern Conference victory against Missouri on Saturday.

    More >>
  • Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Bulldogs remain perfect, win SEC regular season title

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-19 04:00:43 GMT
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...More >>
    MSU led 36-25 at intermission and went on to win it 76-55 to remain perfect and win the SEC regular season title for the first time in program history.  "It just doesn't get any better than that, y'all," Vic Schaefer said following Sunday night's win over Texas A&M. "It's very, very special. To win a Southeastern Conference Championship, it takes something very special from each of them, and I'm really proud of them." Copyright 2018 M...More >>
  • Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Andy Kennedy steps down as Ole Miss basketball coach, effective immediately

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-18 22:30:16 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

    More >>

    Andy Kennedy, the winningest basketball coach in Ole Miss history, has stepped down as head coach of the program effective immediately.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly