Gamecocks Look To Get Seven Home Wins


By Kyle Dauberman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The 9th (BCS) ranked Gamecocks play FCS Wofford this Saturday, November 17th at 1 p.m. at WIlliams-Brice. Head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke to the media yesterday and here are some of the things he had to say.

Spurrier talked about winning seven home games and going undefeated at home.

"This is a huge game. We've got the chance to win seven at home for the first time ever. We'll try to stay unbeaten at home for the first time in 25 years also. So it's a huge game. We're looking forward to it. We had a pretty good practice last night. We should have another good one today and all through the week. Our players understand the importance of this game and they understand that Wofford can easily be within one or to two plays of beating us this Saturday at one o'clock. We've got to be ready to play if we're going to beat them and win seven home games. We're looking forward to it."

Spurrier discussed some of the changes that have been made at USC since he started coaching here.

"The biggest difference is we've got better players and better coaches. The facilities are such that we can recruit the top players in our state, and some of the top players in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida. We've had a change over the last eight years facilities wise, brings better football players, assistant coaches, trainers, strength coaches, the whole bit. We've got an excellent group of people around here to make it happen. It is a team effort. It's a huge team effort. Everyone has a role from the boosters, the students, president, athletic director. Everyone involved has a role. We've got a first class organization around here."

The Head Ball Coach responded to a question about how dangerous Wofford can be.

"They're dangerous every time they play anybody really. I think they played Clemson and it was a really close game. They had them on the ropes in the second half and Clemson pulled ahead. They've had us on the ropes both times we've played them. We're expecting a similar game. We're going to be ready to play. If they beat us it won't be because we were screwing around all week. We're going to have a good week of practice. We're going to try to get this game. One of the most important games this season. We're out of the SEC now, so now we're after total wins and winning all of them at home. The SEC division is history. We'll get back into that next year. Now, we're in to total wins and trying to beat Wofford."

Spurrier talked about quarterback Connor Shaw and his decision making.

"He's been a lot better since we got back from Florida. He's hanging in there. I wish our protection was a little better. That fourth and five touchdown throw to Bruce Ellington was a heck of a play. He dodged one guy we didn't touch for some reason, he sidestepped him and made a quick throw to Bruce who took it the rest of the way. He had an excellent game. He was one guy that we called out for having a super game last week. Our protection and line play needs to improve. We'll start working with those guys and see if we can't get better."

Spurrier talked about the senior leadership of this team and why it is important.

"Just the players wanting to do well. D.J. Swearinger, Justice Cunningham, T.J. Johnson and Shaq Wilson are our four captains. They want to do well. They want to achieve the most we can. That's what it takes. As coaches you let them know it's your team. As coaches, you're here several more years, but this is your last go around, you're seniors. You'll remember the rest of your life. Let's try to make it special. They have to encourage those other guys. Sometimes they don't listen to us coaches very well. They will listen to a player that plays well with tremendous effort. We've got a good bunch of seniors."
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