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Oct. 26, 2009

Coach Spurrier Eric Norwood
Coach Beamer Spencer Lanning

The University of South Carolina football team (6-2, 3-2 SEC) worked out Monday night at the Bluff Road practice fields as they began preparations for Saturday night’s clash in Knoxville against the Tennessee Volunteers. Game time is set for 7:52 p.m. from Neyland Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews describing the action.

Both tight end Weslye Saunders and wide receiver Moe Brown are expected to be ready to go against the Vols. “Saunders is fine. He practiced full go tonight,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “Moe should be cleared Wednesday, I think, something like that. I think he will (play).”

Coach Spurrier admitted the offense, despite putting up some pretty impressive numbers against Vanderbilt, still was not clicking on all cylinders. “We struggled all night. We hit a couple big plays fortunately. It was not a real pretty offense. We punted eight times – should have punted nine times. We should have punted at the end of the game instead of trying to go for it. We had a lot of good fortune against Vandy. We didn’t play very well overall – a lot of penalties, a lot of careless play. Fortunately, we didn’t have turnovers so that was the best thing we did, hold onto the ball. But that game is history,” the head ball coach continued. “We’re getting ready for Tennessee. It will be the biggest crowd we play in front of all year, so our guys are hopefully excited to try to play our best one of the year.”

The Gamecocks will return to the practice fields on Tuesday afternoon.