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Spring practice musings, day 9

Filing the post-practice blog a little later tonight because we had to wait about 15 or 20 minutes for OL coach Eric Wolford to finish taking his linemen through extra running.

They did not look like they were having much fun.

Nor did Steve Spurrier seem too pleased with the linemen. The media requested five offensive linemen for interviews Tuesday … and Spurrier shot down all five requests.

Wolford and Spurrier are concerned about a lack of effort from the linemen, a group that does not get many chances to build up stats. Other than pancake blocks, there are not many statistical categories for big guys.

But the Gamecocks racked up a big number in Friday’s scrimmage in a category you don’t want to fill up – lack-of-effort plays, or as Spurrier calls them, “loafs.”

Of the 65 plays the offense ran Friday, Wolford counted 26 loafs from his guys.

Not good.

So they ran Tuesday. Then ran some more.

“I shouldn’t have to coach effort,” Wolford said. “That was the first time it really showed its head a little bit, and hopefully we learned our lesson from that.”

Onward …

–Receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said if the season started today, the starters in a four-receiver set would be Moe Brown, Jason Barnes, Dion LeCorn and Joe Hills, with Tori Gurley the first WR off the bench.

–Offensive guard Lemuel Jeanpierre remains snakebitten. The fifth-year senior is out for the spring with another knee injury, one that will require arthroscopic surgery.

Jeanpierre started five games last season before missing the last four after hurting his knee. Considering that Wolford does not plan to name a starting line until a week or two before the N.C. State game, Jeanpierre should have plenty of time to get back in the mix.

–How thin are the Gamecocks at cornerback? Walk-on Brandan Davis, a former receiver who was just moved to corner, is getting reps with the second team.

Coaches actually like the athleticism of Davis, a Dutch Fork grad who started his career at Carson-Newman before transferring. The 5-11, 175-pound Davis had a nice pass breakup during team drills Tuesday.

–Calhoun Co. wunderkind Alshon Jeffery was at Tuesday’s practice, after which Spurrier Jr. named him as one of a couple of freshman WRs who could play immediately this fall.

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