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Gurley-Jeffery duo is no tall order

Tori Gurley hauls in a 14-yard touchdown pass against Clemson during in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Tori Gurley hauls in a 14-yard touchdown pass against Clemson during in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Armchair coordinators have been clamoring for South Carolina to get rangy receivers Tori Gurley and Alshon Jeffery on the field at the same time.

And while pointing out that size does not always matter, Gamecocks receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. also likes the idea of pairing the 6-foot-5 Gurley and 6-3 Jeffery in the future.

"It makes sense. There's a place for those two guys to be on the field. And defenses don't really want to see those two guys on the field," Spurrier Jr. said Thursday. "But whether that's the best thing for us to do or not, sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't.

"That day will come when those two people, hopefully for three more years around here, can really do some stuff. As time goes, those guys are really going to be special."

That said, Spurrier Jr. believes there is more to the receiving position - and the Gamecocks' playbook - than catching jump balls.

"We don't have a lot of routes where you just match up and go box the guy out and jump around most of the time," he said. "It is a benefit. But is it our best benefit? We'll find out."

Wolf man. After helping Eric Wolford get hired as USC's offensive line coach last winter, Spurrier Jr. joked that it was one of his best recruiting efforts. Now that Wolford has left after one season to become Youngstown State's head coach, Spurrier Jr. said, "He came out early on me."

Spurrier Jr., who worked with Wolford at Arizona, said he was happy for Wolford but sad to see him go.

"I brought him here. I knew who he was and what he could do, the type of recruiter he is," he said. "Sad to see him leave. But that's what he wanted to do, and he's excited about the opportunity. I wished him well."

Scouting UConn. Reporters were quizzing linebacker Eric Norwood on Thursday about his knowledge of the Big East - in particular, Connecticut, the Gamecocks' opponent in the Bowl.

Turns out Norwood has relatives who live in Bridgeport, Conn., and is familiar with ex-Huskies running back Donald Brown.

"I know about (the Big East)," Norwood said. "I'm a football junkie."

Norwood believes too much is made of the supposed strengths and weaknesses of conferences during bowl seasons, with one exception.

"I think the main thing about the SEC is more defense more than anything," Norwood said of the league that features five of the country's top 25 defenses.

"As far as offensively, I think everybody's pretty much at the same level, maybe excluding the Big 12. They put up points like crazy."

Extra points. Junior receiver Dion LeCorn, who has not fully recovered since breaking his leg in the spring game, will visit a specialist after the bowl game to determine if he needs a second surgery. LeCorn has caught four passes for 27 yards in six games. "He's had a tough year," Spurrier Jr. said. "He rehabbed it as hard as he could, and still hurt." ... USC players ate dinner Thursday with a group of pediatric cancer patients from the Columbia area, an annual event organized by Children's Chance.

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