David Cloninger

Elliott always planning adjustments for USC’s offense

South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Lorenzo Nunez (19) scores a touchdown against Texas A&M.
South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Lorenzo Nunez (19) scores a touchdown against Texas A&M. gmelendez@thestate.com

Shawn Elliott said that the revamping of South Carolina’s offense isn’t done. There’s always something that can added, he reasoned, whether it’s adding a tight end in motion or deciding this is the week for the guard to check in as an eligible receiver.

With no end in sight for the Gamecocks’ defensive miseries, Elliott’s playbook for Tennessee needs to be renamed “The Roh and Zo.” Any play that doesn’t have a large involvement of Pharoh Cooper and Lorenzo Nunez is a wasted play.

“We can do a lot with him,” Elliott said of Nunez, who scored the Gamecocks’ first touchdown at Texas A&M. “He’s one of those players that you can line up anywhere and have an instant chance to make a big play with, so yeah, we’re doing some of that as well.”

He didn’t have to say anything about Cooper, especially not during Vols Week. Despite winning last year’s game, Tennessee’s defense must still be having nightmares of seeing No. 11 dance all over the field. It was one of the greatest single-game performances in USC history.

Simply, the Gamecocks have to score on every possession. With their defense being their defense, there’s no other option but to take a page from Baylor and say, “We’ll get more than you.” USC has other weapons, but none as electric as Roh and Zo.

If nothing else, it makes a great T-shirt. Funds can go toward any big expenditure USC football might have on tap.

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