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Sept. 4, 2006

Inclement weather forced the University of South Carolina football squad off the practice fields early on Monday as they continued their preparations for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference tilt with Georgia.

Following the abbreviated practice, Head Coach Steve Spurrier addressed the media:

“We got about an hour and a half of the two hour practice in, so the rain cancelled the last 25 to 30 minutes. But we had a meeting this morning. We just didn’t quite get in all the running in that we normally do on a Monday.”

On Blake Mitchell’s leg injury: “He’ll be fine. The doc wanted to keep it elevated to make sure there’s no infection in the cut. It’s sort of a deep cut with some stitches, so he didn’t do anything today.”

On the offensive line: “We haven’t made any changes yet. We don’t have a whole bunch of backups right now, so we’re not in a position to choose too much.”

On the Brinkley twins: “Jasper was able to go through spring practice. Casper got here in the summer. He’s learned very quickly. They’re very good players and smart football players, so it’s not hard to teach them what to do.”

On the meaning of the Georgia game: “It’s another game for us. It could define (our season) if we’re challenging for the SEC. We’re 1-0 so we’re going to try to beat them, of course. We’re prepared to move on if we win, lose or tie. Can’t tie though can you. We’re looking forward to playing them and seeing what happens.”