Sept. 6, 2006
The South Carolina Gamecocks worked out for two hours Wednesday afternoon on the Bluff Road practice fields as they continued preparations for Saturday night’s contest with 11th-ranked Georgia. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Official game time kickoff is set for 7:47 p.m.
Several notes came out of practice today:
Sophomore Matt Raysor has been moved to offensive guard from the defensive line. His number has been changed to 68.
Yvan Banag has changed jersey numbers from 54 to 30.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Jeremy Ware has quit the squad.
Quarterback Blake Mitchell (right leg contusion), center Chris White (shoulder) and fullback Lanard Stafford (ankle) all practiced. Tight end Andy Boyd wore the “yellow” jersey, signifying no contact.
ESPN’s Desmond Howard and a crew of camera men were on hand to do a special feature for “GameDay” with wide receiver Sidney Rice.
Following practice, Coach Steve Spurrier addressed the media:
“We’ve got (Matt) Raysor over there to see if we can get a little punch, get a little fire, get a little physical play on the offensive line. We’ve got to try to coach him up a little harder and see if we can get him in there some if we can Saturday night. He’s a little heavier and maybe he’s got a little bit more punch than what we’ve got right now.”
On ramping up the tempo: “We tried to a little bit. We need to play a little tougher and a little faster, but we had a fairly decent practice today so hopefully we can match Georgia’s team speed.”
On the Georgia game: “It’s a special game for all of us – me too. We had a chance to beat them last year – a play or two here or there. It didn’t work out. We were fortunate in a lot of games – we’re not complaining ¬- we want to try to play without a lot of big errors. Hopefully we’ll play well. If we do, maybe we’ll be in it to have a chance, who knows.”
The team will return to the practice fields on Thursday afternoon.