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March 19, 2010

Practice report: Shaw, USC set for scrimmage

Connor Shaw will get his first game action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday morning. There figure to be plenty of eyes on him.

Connor Shaw will get his first game action at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday morning. There figure to be plenty of eyes on him.

The USC true freshman, who enrolled this spring, appears to have the early lead on the backup quarterback role behind Stephen Garcia. So he likely will get plenty of snaps when the Gamecocks scrimmage Saturday in front of the general public.

Coach Steve Spurrier seemed optimistic about Shaw on Friday.

"We've been watching Connor every practice," Spurrier said. "We think he'll do well if we can pass block and get some guys open."

Spurrier said young players and veterans will be used in the scrimmage. But the Gamecocks have seen plenty of Garcia, who started every game last season as a redshirt sophomore. There are six other quarterbacks on the roster, none of whom took a college snap last year.

"We can't coach seven of them," Spurrier said. "We're trying to figure out the ones that can hopefully play next year and coach them the best we can."

Garcia and Shaw have been getting most of the spring practice snaps, followed by Aramis Hillary, Andrew Clifford and Zac Brindise.

Dealing to D.L.

Receiver D.L. Moore had a couple impressive catches in Friday's practice, including a toe-tapping touchdown during team drills.

"He's catching the ball," Spurrier said. "His hands are good. So he's made some progress."

As a redshirt freshman last season, Moore had seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Familiar faces take in practice

Friday's practice was attended by one notable former and one notable future Gamecock.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop showed up for the latter end of practice, greeting former coaches and staff members. Succop, the last player selected in the 2009 NFL draft, went 25-for-29 on field goals last season for the Chiefs.

Tailback Marcus Lattimore, the most heralded member of USC's incoming recruiting class, was around for the entire practice. The Byrnes High standout posed for pictures with fans after practice.

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