The Gamecocks officially started spring practice Friday.
Sure, it was their third workout of the spring, but it was the first in full pads, which marks the true beginning of every college football team’s roughest month of work.
As expected, particularly with the temperature topping 80 degrees at the Proving Ground, things got a little heated, but no scuffles broke out during the two-hour workout.
To my surprise, the offensive lineman seemed to get the better of things in the one-on-one lineman drills. Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Corey Robinson looked especially impressive, handling senior defensive end Byron McKnight on more than one occasion.
In team work, safety Jimmy Legree looked good again, stopping an offensive drive by interceptng Dylan Thompson on a pass intended for Nick Jones.
Another defensive back who seems to have made strides in the first week is true freshman Martay Mattox. Mattox is listed as a cornerback, but he got plenty of work at safety on Friday and could be in the rotation by fall.
The Gamecocks will hold their first scrimmage of the spring at 10 a.m. Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium. All the team’s scrimmages and practices are open to the public.