South Carolina secondary coach Grady Brown has an extra stake in the Dec. 27 Independence Bowl.
As the Gamecock assistant responsible for recruiting South Florida, he knows many of his future targets will be watching South Carolina’s matchup with Miami with particular interest.
“It’s a huge game,” Brown said. “I am sure a lot of guys will have eyes on the game to see if I’ve been telling the truth or not.”
The Gamecocks recruiting has been getting a lot of attention lately due to several decommitments, and Brown was asked Tuesday if opponents were using head coach Steve Spurrier’s comments about remaining at the school at least “two or three more” against the Gamecocks.
“You would need to check with opposing schools to see if it’s been used against us,” Brown said. “Recruiting is recruiting. It’s never easy. It’s part of the business.”
Play-calling By Committee?
Head coach Steve Spurrier is calling “about all of” the plays this season, but offensive line coach and run game coordinator Shawn Elliott and wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. have contributed, Spurrier told The State.
“We have a little bit of a committee at times, but mostly I have been doing it,” Spurrier said.
The Gamecocks finished the regular season fifth in total offense and sixth in scoring offense in the SEC.
Defensive tackle Abu Lamin will play in the bowl game after wrecking his car during the last bye week and being out since. Lamin said he had visited his mother and brother and thought he could make it back home despite driving around 3:30 a.m. He fell asleep at the wheel and hit a guardrail on the interstate. Lamin said he was ejected through the driver’s side window. He feels extremely lucky that all he sustained were facial cuts.
Cornerback Rico McWilliams (concussion) is expected to play against the Hurricanes, Brown said. Defensive tackle Abu Lamin also will play, and Lamin is predicting a better performance from the team’s defensive line.
“I still feel like the guys up front are a special group of guys,” he said. “We still have one more game to prove we can get after the quarterback. All we can do is give it all we’ve got.”
Players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys Tuesday were offensive lineman Donell Stanley (left wrist), right guard Mike Matulis (right knee) and tight end Rory Anderson (left tricep).
“At the end of the day, we are fortunate to be in a bowl game. I could care less about where we are playing. I am excited about the opportunity to play one more game and have a handful more practices.” – secondary coach Grady Brown