Practice report: Helmet-cam gives ugly view

Coaches put camera on QB's helmet, will see five interceptions on film

semerson@thestate.comMarch 23, 2010 

Stephen Garcia looked a bit like a miner during Tuesday's USC football practice: The quarterback was wearing a black camera on top of his helmet, as the coaches tried an experiment.

Garcia might not want to watch much of the film. He threw five picks, three in team drills and two in seven-on-sevens.

"It's one of those training aids you put on a quarterback, see what the heck he's looking at," coach Steve Spurrier said. "So we'll go back and review, see what Stephen's looking at on all the interceptions he threw today."

Joe Lisle, the team's video coordinator, originally got the small camera to shoot a promotional video of the players running out of the tunnel for "2001" in pregame. Then Lisle and the coaches conjured up the idea of putting it on Garcia's head to get the quarterback's view of plays. Normally the team shoots overhead shots from several viewing stands.

"It was strictly experimental what we did today," Mangus said. "And if it's something that we can get something out of, then maybe we'll look at getting a couple of them and putting on them. It didn't seem to bother him while he was throwing them."

Mangus vowed to watch Tuesday's video "with great curiosity." He compared it to an in-car camera at a NASCAR race.

"I'm anxious to see. It might be looking at the grass on a couple of those that he threw," Mangus said.

Still alive

A Gamecocks player and a staff member have keen rooting interests in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Receiver D.L. Moore is a native of Bowling Green, Ky. He was asked Tuesday if he was still a fan of Kentucky, regarded by many as the favorites.

"I hate to say it but I am," Moore said.

Media relations director Steve Fink and his wife are alums of Northern Iowa, which shocked Kansas on Saturday. Fink said his phone "blew up" after the game, hearing from people he hadn't heard from in a long time. He was happy to see Northern Iowa's next game, against Michigan State, scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m., when the USC football team will be off.

"More importantly, there'll only be 10 teams left in the tournament when they play. So I figure they'll be a top-10 team," Fink said.

Extra points

Defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye joined the list of starters in yellow jerseys. The senior has a sprained foot and is being held out of practice.

Fellow defensive tackle Travian Robertson (knee) also is out. Other defensive players being held out include end Cliff Matthews, linebacker Rodney Paulk and cornerback Chris Culliver. ...

Offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson said he had an MRI on his right elbow. The doctors said it wasn't serious but they be cautious with him. ...

Melvin Ingram, a defensive tackle, saw time at fullback, a position he also saw time at last year. Ingram was in the Wild Cock formation when Stephon Gilmore was put at quarterback.

Lee Shaw, the father and high school coach of quarterback Connor Shaw, had his staff from Flowery Branch High School attend practice. Shaw said he and his staff would meet with Spurrier and take some Gamecocks plays home with them.

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