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Oct. 11, 2006

The University of South Carolina football squad (4-2, 2-2 SEC) practiced for about two hours Wednesday afternoon, first working out at the Bluff Road practice fields before moving into Williams-Brice Stadium for the final hour. Many of the non-regular players participated in a scrimmage during the final 30 minutes of the session. The Gamecocks will have meetings on Thursday, then take the rest of the week off before returning to the practice fields on Monday. Their next contest is set for Saturday, Oct. 21 when they travel to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in a 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) contest.

Following Wednesday’s practice, Head Coach Steve Spurrier met with the media:

“Some guys did some good things. Freddie Brown caught most of the passes. Tommy Beecher got in there and threw some good ones. Some of these guys may have improved their position here.”

“Blake (Mitchell) did some good things in there. He threw some good balls here and there. Tommy Beecher probably got to play more than anybody. We hadn’t seen him in a while.”

“Dakota (Walker) played about the whole scrimmage for some reason. I think the defensive guys just wanted to get him in there pass rushing and we threw about every snap. I hate to see guys hit the ground. Usually if you throw the ball, nobody gets hurt. We were trying to work on our passing game and hoping nobody got hurt.”

“Emanuel Cook is going to be ready to play. So he played a little bit of this. Andy Boyd is trying to get back. We’re going to evaluate him next week.”