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Spurrier: LeCorn struggling, Jeanpierre improving

A few notes from Steve Spurrier’s remarks at the Columbia Touchdown Club today:

– Discussing the offensive line, Spurrier said he believes Georgia Military transfer Jarriel King eventually will win the starting job at left tackle.

– Don’t write Lemuel Jeanpierre off at left guard just yet. While coaches have kicked around the idea of Jamon Meredith moving to guard when he returns from his two-game hiatus, Spurrier said Jeanpierre “has improved a lot” since last season.

– Spurrier is known for using a quick hook on his quarterbacks, but sounds convincing when he says he wants to give Tommy Beecher every chance to succeed.

“You just gotta let him go play. … You gotta let him make a few bad throws here and there, and next time check over here, check over there. I really believe Tommy is a young man that can learn from his mistakes and he can make quick, good decisions,” Spurrier said. “He’s not there yet and he’s not going to tear ‘em up, yet. Although I hope he does. But I really believe he has a chance to be a good one for us as we go through the season.”

– Freshman Akeem Auguste is challenging senior Carlos Thomas for the starting spot at corner.

– The search for a receiver to complement Kenny McKinley continues. Dion LeCorn has not capitalized on his strong finish to the 2007 season.

“He’s been struggling. He didn’t have a very good summer. He missed a whole bunch of workouts going back to Florida, whatever issues he had. But Dion has not quite performed at a level he did at the end of last season.”

– Others were more productive this summer.

At this morning’s walk-through, Spurrier called up freshman receiver C.C. Whitlock and freshman tailback Eric Baker. Spurrier asked Baker how many summer workouts he made. Baker told him all 57 of them.

“Whitlock made about 10 all summer. He had issues. He had to go back to Chester. He had all kind of issues,” Spurrier said. “I said, ‘You need to hang around this guy.’”

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