Say good-bye to spring, or at least the South Carolina football team’s version of spring.
The Gamecocks held their 15th and final spring practice Thursday afternoon at their Bluff Road practice fields. The players will now have about six weeks off before summer workouts and conditioning begins.
We’ve covered most of head coach Steve Spurrier’s thoughts on spring practice in today’s story, but there were a few leftover tidbits I thought I’d go over here.
First, Spurrier seemed to like this year’s unusual schedule, which had two practices after the spring game. Don’t be surprised to see that become the norm under Spurrier because it allowed the coaches to spend two days working with the players on what they did wrong in the final scrimmage session.
Also, after all the progress it seemed that redshirt freshman Dylan Thompson made this spring, he didn’t make much progress on the depth chart. Sophomore Connor Shaw would start if the Gamecocks played a game today, Spurrier said Thursday, and Andrew Clifford would be his backup. Of course, the Gamecocks don’t play until Sept. 3, and incumbent starter Stephen Garcia (who is serving an indefinite suspension) could be back by then.
Spurrier praised the spring progress made by his wide receivers, but added it won’t make much difference if the quarterbacks and offensive line don’t get better.
“We are an unknown team, have a lot of work ahead of us to have a chance of being a good team this season,” Spurrier said.
Don’t worry that our coverage will stop just because spring practice is over, though. There’ll be plenty of news this offseason (starting with the approval of Steve Spurrier’s new contract today).