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Oct. 28, 2003

South Carolina continued its preparations for No. 20 Mississippi on Tuesday with a practice at the indoor facility. The day’s workout was moved indoors due to inclement weather in Columbia as rain fell throughout the morning and afternoon. After practice, defensive coordinator Chris Cosh met with the media and offered the following comments:

(on practicing inside)
“We worked outside inside because of the weather, but it was not a big factor. With the rain over the past day or two it would have been impossible to workout on the practice fields. We were able to accomplish quite a bit even though we had limited space indoors. The space restraints caused us to change our scheduling a bit with the offense and defense, but in the end we were able to work against each other on the entire 60 yards of the field. Our kids adjusted well.”

(on the interior defensive line)
“We have to get inside pressure from our line. That is an area where we have to get better. We need to be able to pressure, yet also contain, the opposing quarterback. We are working on getting better with staying in our rush lanes.”

(on George Gause)
“It is good to have him back and to have a veteran person in that position. He looks better with each game and each practice. He has really been making some impressive plays in practice.”

INJURY REPORT: Safety Rodriques Wilson and defensive lineman Jason Capers did not practice on Tuesday. Linebacker Ricardo Hurley continues to progress and “is coming around each week and getting better with his stamina,” according to Cosh.

TELEVISION TREND: Saturday’s game will mark the second USC game televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. It will be the sixth time in the first nine games that the Gamecocks will be seen on CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or JP.