The Gamecocks stuck to their play calling by committee approach Saturday against the Volunteers, Steve Spurrier said.
“I don’t know if we’re doing it the best way, but we sort of have a group calling plays,” he said.
Spurrier said he still calls “a good percentage” of the game but not all of it. Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was the lead play caller against Vanderbilt last week, Spurrier said, and Mangus appeared the most involved on the sideline against Tennessee. Offensive line coach Shawn Elliott also has input on running plays.
However, Spurrier made it clear who is making the critical calls.
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“I should have to make the calls when the game is on the line,” he said. “It’s not fair to the other guys (to have them do it).”
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery sustained “a little” knee sprain late in the game against the Volunteers but is not expected to miss any time, Spurrier said. Jeffery was hurt with less than a minute remaining in the game when he was caught in traffic while trying to block on a Brian Maddox rush. Jeffery leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation with 116.9 receiving yards per game.
Starting guard Garrett Chisolm sustained a mild ankle sprain but isn’t expected to miss any time.
Want to know why a snap bounced off the facemask of quarterback Stephen Garcia during a stalled Gamecock drive Saturday?
Center T.J. Johnson was under orders to snap the ball on the first sound, and Garcia had to yell at wide receiver Tori Gurley, who was lined up incorrectly. Johnson snapped the ball when he heard Garcia shout at Gurley.
It wasn’t quite on par with Gurley’s breakout game last week against Vanderbilt, but D.L. Moore got more work than he has all season. The sophomore from Bowling Green, Ky., caught a career-high three passes for 41 yards, all in the first half.
“He is a tall, lanky guy and, obviously, not afraid to go across the middle,” Garcia said after watching Moore catch a high ball over the middle for a key first down against the Volunteers.
Spurrier singled out defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye, defensive end Devin Taylor and spur Antonio Allen for their good play against the Volunteers. Ajiboye and Allen tied for the team lead with seven tackles and combined for 2.5 sacks.