Following many stops around the state on his Spurs Up Tour, Will Muschamp made his way to Greenville Tuesday.
As he enter the TD Convention Center, Muschamp remained excited about his start as the leader of USC’s football program but admitted there was still a lot to be done.
“We have some really good student-athletes in our program,” said Muschamp. “But, as coach (Steve) Spurrier always says ‘you are what your record says you are.’ Right now we’re a 3-9 football team. But we’re working hard to improve.”
As the Gamecocks begin the first session of summer school in two weeks, Muschamp believes a lot of improvement can be made even though the team will have to accomplish it mostly on their own as very little coach supervision is allowed.
“We’ve got a lot to work on,” said Muschamp. “Number one, our guys have got to have a great summer as far as the player-run practices. They’ve got to great job continuing to progress.”
Several question marks remain as the Gamecocks begin summer workouts. A quarterback has yet to be named although first semester freshman Brandon McIlwain closed with a strong performance in the spring game.
Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez missed the majority of spring workouts with injuries and are expected to re-join the battle at the start of the summer.
The secondary is probably the most urgent area of concern, but All-American junior college transfer Jamarcus King is expected to begin classes in the summer.
Muschamp is anxious bring him and other newcomers into the fold.
“By NCAA rules now, we are able to work with them some as far as meetings and those things. We will take advantage of those. Then, when we get into camp, we’ve got to continue to become a team. We’ve got to continue to build our physicality, continue to build our offense, our defense, our special teams. It is a critical time for us right now.”
As he wraps up the spring Gamecock Club tour, things are just getting started for Muschamp and company as they prepare for satellite camps and continued recruiting.
Following the end of the spring semester, Muschamp reported that the 48 athletes on the football team earned a 3.0 GPA or better.
“I think it is a great place to be, number one,” said Muschamp. “It is a unique situation that we’re in right now. We inherited a bunch of good guys and good people. That’s a credit to coach Spurrier and his staff.”
Note: Muschamp said he expects Shamiek Blackshear, a defensive end who suffered a gunshot wound in the offseason, to play this season. He is slowly returning to weight training and is expected to potentially be ready to compete in fall practice.
USC center named to watch list
USC center Alan Knott has been named to the Rimington Trophy’s Spring Watch List. The list includes the top centers in Division I football.
Knott, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound junior from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., has made 17 starts over the past two seasons, most among the returning offensive players for the Gamecocks.
The Rimington Trophy committee uses three All-American teams to determine a winner: Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.