ROEBUCK - South Carolina's Ruben Perez and North Carolina's Kasey Redfern are enjoying life as Shrine Bowl kickers.
While the remaining 43 players on each team are banging heads and getting muddy, the pair often plays a game of catch or grabs a short break to watch practice until it's their turn on special teams.
Still, that doesn't diminish their roles.
The 73rd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas easily could come down to a field goal Saturday.
Perez, of Laurens High, said he will be ready if that is the case.
"I did get selected, which makes me the best kicker in South Carolina, I guess," he said. "I'm pretty confident going in there. I've got two or three more days (of practice) to get everything right."
Perez had a season-long 46-yard field goal and a career long of 49 yards.
S.C. linebackers coach Mike Hawkins, who serves as Laurens' defensive coordinator, said Perez is dependable.
"Ruben did an exceptional job for us," Hawkins said. "He's very consistent and was our biggest weapon this year."
Redfern (Ragsdale) kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal this season and hopes to get the chance to win the game.
"I'd love to have that situation," he said. "I've never had that situation before, and I think I'd just have to relax and have confidence in my kick."
Plans in place. North Carolina coach Jim Oddo and South Carolina coach Lewis Lineberger said following Wednesday's practices that their game plans are beginning to take shape.
"We're getting more of our offense in," Oddo said. "We'll practice harder to shore up some things, but the whole (plan) is in now."
"We had a good practice," Lineberger said. "We still need to fine-tune some things and put it all together."
The teams will practice twice today.
Hopkins happy. S.C. wide receiver and Clemson commitment DeAndre Hopkins said he expects big things from his team's wide receivers Saturday based on how practice has been going.
"I think we'll be called upon a good bit," he said. "We're putting the work in and not dropping balls. I think we've got some wide receivers we can depend on to get the job done."
The Sandlappers' receivers are Hopkins, Antuawn Blue (Dillon), Martavis Bryant (T.L. Hanna), Bruce Ellington (Berkeley), Matthew Hazel (Midland Valley) and Conelius Jones (Spartanburg).
Big plays for Stewart. S.C. defensive back JaTavius Stewart (Rock Hill) had a productive morning, making back-to-back interceptions.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pounder is drawing heavy interest from East Carolina.
"This week has been good learning all the plays," Stewart said. "I just want to win this game."