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Sept. 25, 2014

The South Carolina Gamecocks worked out Thursday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds” preparing for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division tilt with the Missouri Tigers.

“We know they’ve got good football players,” said defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward of the Tigers. “We’ve played them two years in a row. They had us beat a year ago, so I’m sure they’re looking forward to beating us. They’ve got a good football team. They had to make some changes on the O-line, but they’ve got two really good backs, have some good receivers and of course, the quarterback makes the offense go.”

Ward indicated that he will change up the starters in his secondary again this week. Brison Williams will move back to cornerback after starting at safety last week. True freshman Al Harris Jr. will get the nod at the other cornerback position. T.J. Gurley and Chaz Elder are slated to start at safety against Missouri.

Ward confirmed that defensive end David Johnson will be out for several weeks after suffering a knee injury in the win at Vanderbilt last week. He will not have surgery, according to Ward, but will rehab the knee and hopes to return in a few weeks.

The No. 13/15 Gamecocks (3-1, 2-1 SEC) will host Missouri (3-1, 0-0 SEC) in a battle for the Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, September 27. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at a sold out Williams-Brice Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game nationally with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge in the booth and Holly Rowe on the sidelines. ESPN’s GameDay show will be in Columbia as well, televising from 9-noon from the famous Horseshoe in the middle of campus.