GAMECOCKS HOLD SECOND WORKOUT IN FLORIDA
Preparations Continue for Capital One Bowl
FLA. – The University of South Carolina football team worked out at
Celebration High School in Celebration on a Thursday. It was the
squad’s second workout in Florida as they prepare for Monday’s Capital
One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
ET at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. The game will be televised
nationally on ESPN.
Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus has been
pleased with the practices of sophomore signal caller Connor Shaw. “He
had a good one today,” said Mangus. “He threw it around very, very
well. Connor does all that stuff. You don’t have to worry about a bunch
of stuff, he’s going to be ready to go. He’s a focused kid.
been harping on protecting the football,” continued Mangus. “You see it
a lot in bowl games in general. You get a little layoff and a lot of
times taking care of the ball – you see a lot of funky plays in bowl
games and turnovers. It happened to us last year. You can’t turn the
ball over and expect to beat a good football team. Connor’s done a good
job of protecting the football all year.”
The Gamecocks have
been more of a running team this season, but still look to have a
balanced attack. “We’ve got to find a way to get people open, whether
it be our backs, Alshon (Jeffery), Ace (Sanders), Bruce (Ellington),”
said receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. “We’ve got a long list of guys
and we’re going to find our best plays to get the ball to them.
(Nebraska) is a good team. They’re fundamentally sound. They do
different things with their safeties. We’ve got to play well and the
quarterback has to make good decisions. Hopefully when the ball gets
there, it’s going in the right direction and we can come down with it.”
running back Brandon Wilds looks to be back at full strength after
suffering a slight hamstring injury in the week of practices in
Columbia. “It’s good,” said Wilds. “I’m running on it now.” Wilds
indicated he would be at 100 percent by game day.
Kyle Nunn is
happy to be back practicing after missing several weeks with a back
injury and blood clot in his leg. “My first couple days (of practice)
were kind of shaky, but I’m back now. The back injury caused my leg not
to work as it was supposed to because it was pinching on the nerve.
It’s really scary when you wake up and can’t feel your leg. As soon as
the surgery was over, all the feeling came back and everything was
back. It was good.” Nunn has been practicing at left tackle. “I feel
really good about myself right now.”