David Cloninger

Lack of leadership not the issue for Gamecocks

Missouri's Tyler Hunt is brought down by South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore (10) and defensive end Marquavius Lewis (8).
Missouri's Tyler Hunt is brought down by South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore (10) and defensive end Marquavius Lewis (8). gmelendez@thestate.com

Players and coach were asked about it Tuesday, with differing results.

Isaiah Johnson said it’s a group effort. T.J. Holloman labeled Skai Moore and the offensive line. Steve Spurrier said, “I don’t know” and then talked about how the Gamecocks aren’t the only 2-3 team in the country and how they need to get this next one, get back to having fun.

The question was on leadership. Very simply, who leads USC?

Nobody had the same answer, which says a lot.

I don’t believe not having a clearly defined leader of the team is what’s hurting the Gamecocks. Punchless offense and a Heisman-Maker defense are doing that.

I also don’t believe if they had one rah-rah guy – someone like D.J. Swearinger, who never met a tape recorder he couldn’t fill with quotes or a receiver he couldn’t smack into next Tuesday – that things would be that drastically different. It’s much more an issue of talent than somebody being vocal.

I suppose it’s a case of folks wanting to find one person to blame (as in, who’s calling plays.) “Why couldn’t so-and-so be doing more?,” and so forth.

Perhaps it’s better that there’s not one guy. This team’s been through enough and stands to go through quite a bit more without a single target.

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