Josh Kendall

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Soundoff: Observations from media day

08/04/2013 8:41 PM

08/15/2013 1:13 PM

Well, Day Three of South Carolina’s 2013 football season certainly was interesting. It began with media day, where Steve Spurrier and dozens of his players fielded almost two hours worth of questions combined.

Spurrier opened the day by proclaiming that night’s practice would be the last one open to the public, a change from the original plan to keep at least the first week open to the public and media. The reason? The portion of the team’s fan base that did not abide by the school’s request that no one ask the players for autographs or take cell phone pictures or video more than 30 minutes after the start of practice.

“It’s a different day,” Spurrier said, lamenting the need to change his plan.

That, and Spurrier’s request for the media to stop asking so many questions about Jadeveon Clowney, were the headlines of the day, but neither was the most interesting part of the day from my perspective.

This was: “Connor (Shaw) is the starter, and it’s his game to go every time. If we think there is a place for Dylan (Thompson) to go in there, he may go in there.”

That was Spurrier in response to a question about his quarterbacks. Three months ago, it looked like 2013 would be the Year of the Rotating Quarterbacks in Columbia. More and more, though, it looks like this is Shaw’s team, and Thompson’s place is TBD. All that might change after the first week of the season, for any number of reasons, but for now, it looks like Shaw’s team from where I sit.


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