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Davis will start at tailback; no word on starting QB

USC's running back Mike Davis drags NC State's Justin Byers for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game between USC and N.C. State at Williams-Brice Stadium.
USC's running back Mike Davis drags NC State's Justin Byers for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game between USC and N.C. State at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Steve Spurrier still hasn’t named a starting quarterback.

The USC coach has not yet decided whether Chris Smelley or Tommy Beecher will start Thursday against Vanderbilt. But Spurrier said Sunday the longer Beecher (injured left shoulder) remains out, it becomes less likely he would start against the Commodores.

Beecher missed Saturday’s practice and today had on a yellow jersey, which are reserved for the team's injured players. Spurrier said he might wait as late as Wednesday before announcing a starter.

After watching Beecher get hurt diving for a first down in third quarter of the 34-0 win against N.C. State, Spurrier said the Gamecocks will need two quarterbacks to get through the 12-game regular season.

Prior to the N.C. State game, Spurrier said he planned on giving Beecher every opportunity to be the starter the entire season. After Beecher threw four interceptions and failed to complete any downfield throws, Smelley came off the bench and guided the Gamecocks to touchdowns on all three of their fourth-quarter possessions.

Spurrier also said Mike Davis would start at tailback. The senior from Columbia, who was benched for the first series and a half last week, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the opener.

In other news, Spurrier said the Gamecocks might consider going to a silent snap count at home games after USC was whistled for four false-start penalties against the Wolfpack. Normally, teams use the silent snap in noisy away venues.

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VIDEO: Steve Spurrier, Moe Brown and Captain Munnerlyn preview the Gamecocks' Thursday night game vs. Vanderbilt.

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