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April 4, 2004

Columbia, SC – * South Carolina’s football team reviewed film and went over corrections early Sunday evening, as the Gamecocks worked out in shorts and helmets for 90 minutes. Saturday’s scrimmage provided a good learning tool for the team and they took advantage of the film.

* There were no new injuries to report. Safety Jamacia Jackson, who had sprained his ankle Saturday, did not practice. Defensive end Moe Thompson had a sore knee and also did not practice.

* Tailback Demetris Summers said that the coaches want him to do a better job of “sticking it up in the middle of the line.” “They want me to concentrate on getting as many yards as I can and make sure I’m aware of the down and distance,” said Summers. “If I need to get three yards for a first down, then they want to make sure I get that instead of trying to juke around and wind up not getting the first down.” Summers said it has been a learning process this spring, as he has been lining up in the slot some.

* Taqiy Muhammad has been working out at cornerback, along with Fred Bennett, Jonathan Joseph and Tremaine Tyler. Muhammad said that Bennett and Joseph were currently running with the first team.

* Quarterback Dondrial Pinkins said he thinks the offense has been improving each practice. Pinkins also said he was sticking with the way he has always thrown the ball, and that’s against the laces, after experimenting some this spring throwing with the laces.

* Quarterback Syvelle Newton said he is starting to refine his fundamentals after playing last season at the wide receiver position. “I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable back there,” said the sophomore from Marlboro County High School.

* The team will have Monday off before returning to the practice field on Tuesday. The first 30 minutes of individual is open to the media Tuesday (beginning at 4 p.m.). Assistant head coach Skip Holtz will be available to the media following Tuesday’s practice at approximately 6:30 p.m. outside the players’ entrance.