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Practice report: Maddox, Baker ready for shot

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Backup tailbacks Brian Maddox and Eric Baker have received plenty of touches in practice, but they are waiting for that workload to transfer to a game.

With starter Mike Davis suspended for next week’s UAB game for violating the class attendance policy, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said he hopes to get Maddox and Baker some carries against Wofford.

Maddox, who has nine carries in 13 career games, said it was frustrating to get one carry against Georgia after his increased practice reps last week. He has received encouragement from his father, Eddie Maddox, who played tailback for Western Carolina.

“I talk to my dad every night when I get out of practice. He just tells me to keep working hard,” Maddox said. “He was in the same situation when he was in school.”

Maddox and Baker led the states of South Carolina and Florida, respectively, in rushing in 2006. Maddox said Baker is the “shiftier” of the two backs, while Baker cited Maddox’s explosiveness.

Baker, a freshman who attended prep school last year, said he would welcome “whatever opportunity” he gets.

“Eric’s a good player and a good friend,” Maddox said. “I can’t wait to see him out on the field, hopefully Saturday.” Stock rising

Not really rising, but holding steady is deep snapper Charles Turner. The redshirt sophomore from Roebuck will be placed on scholarship in December.

Stock falling

The Gamecocks’ depth at safety. When Chris Culliver needed IV fluids vs. Georgia, walk-on cornerback Mike Newton had to shift to safety. Now spur linebacker Darian Stewart is taking reps there, as well.

Injury report

Kenny McKinley’s assault on the school receiving records remains on hold. McKinley, a preseason Playboy All-American who injured his right hamstring vs. Vanderbilt, is “probably out,” Spurrier said.

Extra point

Wofford has not defeated a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 24-6 win over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000.

Quote of the day

“I definitely feel real comfortable throwing to Jared. … He’s not afraid to go up and make a play. He’s a guy you depend on to put it in the air and he’s going to get his hands on it,” – quarterback Chris Smelley on tight end Jared Cook, who has 11 catches for 179 yards the past two games.

Scouting report

Wofford’s flexbone option is getting all the attention, but the Terriers also present a different look defensively with their 3-4 scheme. Wofford is first in the Southern Conference in rush defense (45.5 ypg), but last vs. the pass (300.5 ypg).

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