This morning, I’m not going to talk about What I’ll Be Watching.
Today is more about What I’ll Be Listening For. This is South Carolina’s annual media day, which means, prior to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. practice (open to the public), coach Steve Spurrier, tailback Marcus Lattimore and assorted other players will speak to the media.
The two most interesting things, of course, will be Spurrier and Lattimore. The Head Ball Coach will have a big audience, including several media members from regional and perhaps national outlets.
And Spurrier loves an audience. It’s in settings like this that Spurrier sometimes comes with a few gems, so keep your fingers crossed.
The most newsworthy event of the day will be Lattimore’s press conference. He spoke to the media only once during spring practice and has given few interviews since tearing his ACL on Oct. 15. I don’t expect him to say anything earth-shattering, but it’ll still be worth a listen. Stay tuned to GoGamecocks.com and my Twitter feed (@JoshatTheState) for updates all day.
My goal Saturday night was to focus on offensive tackles, but it’s tough when they spend most of the practice on the far field. And evaluating offensive linemen when no one is wearing pads is a fairly futile effort anyway.
The Gamecocks did some 11-on-11 work (with virtually no contact) late in the practice on the field nearest the media and the fans, and I got to watch freshman Brandon Shell a couple times. I thought he looked hesitant on some snaps, but that probably had more to do with doing a half-speed drill.
The real test will come when the Gamecocks take scrimmage snaps.