South Carolina’s first live work of the spring was notable Saturday for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, it’s clear head coach Steve Spurrier has some concerns along the offensive line, which makes him just like every other coach in the country during the spring. The good news for the Gamecocks is they have more than five months until their first game.
Saturday’s work was also notable for who was not there. Starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was serving the final day of his week-long spring suspension and rather than take advantage of the opportunity, it seems all the Gamecocks quarterbacks have done is prove how much South Carolina needs Garcia.
Running back Marcus Lattimore also didn’t participate Saturday but that had nothing to do with discipline. The Gamecocks are simply protecting their most important offensive player, and I don’t expect to see Lattimore in any serious full contact work this spring.
“There are just certain scrimmage situations we don’t want to put him in,” running backs coach Jay Graham said. “He works really hard, and he has really good attention to detail and focus, so he can (learn well) in some of the full speed stuff without taking him to the ground. He can rest his body some here in the spring and we will get him revved up and going in the fall.”
South Carolina will take Sunday and Monday off before returning to the practice field Tuesday.