From my perspective, Thursday’s second day of spring practice belonged to the South Carolina defense.
Make that the South Carolina secondary.
It’s all but impossible to judge linemen on either side of the ball or linebackers and running backs when the team is not in pads, but the wide receivers and defensive backs are a different story. Thursday went to the defensive backs.
Sophomore Jimmy Legree specifically made several nice plays during one-on-one drills and team work and had at least one interception. Legree’s development at either safety or cornerback would be big for the Gamecocks, who need to develop in the secondary in order to use Damario Jeffery at linebacker and DeVonte Holloman at spur.
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Safety D.J. Swearinger also was very active Thursday.
Quarterback Connor Shaw looked off early but improved as the day went on and drew praise from quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus when the day was over.
The Gamecocks will put on the pads Friday in preparation for Saturday’s scrimmage, so it should be a very interesting day.
There will be no player or coach interviews after Friday’s practice, though, so we’ll have to wait until after Saturday’s scrimmage to get anyone’s thoughts on things.