South Carolina is headed to Florida on Friday a hurting football team.
Head coach Steve Spurrier believes his team has bounced back as well as possible after four straight SEC losses, but there’s little question there is less bounce in this group’s step than there has been in the last four seasons.
“We are not enjoying things right now. You have to understand that,” offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said Wednesday night. “We are all going through the same things. It doesn’t matter if we go out and score 60. It makes no difference to us. We’re all hurting. We are all trying to get over this the best we can as a football team, not as an offense or a defense.”
The last time the Gamecocks went to The Swamp they never got out of the gate, falling behind from the start and collapsing in a 44-11 loss. This group, to its credit, has not fallen apart early in any game save perhaps the season opener against Texas A&M.
However, the ingredients for an ugly game are all there this week. South Carolina is reeling. It’s going on the road against a team that is feeling good about itself at the moment. It’s defense faces the threat of a very physical football team.
“We are a football team,” Elliott said. “We go through highs and lows every single day, every single practice. You don’t sit there and point a finger. We have had an opportunity as an offense all year long to settle these games and put them out of reach, and we just haven’t done it. Easily the finger could be pointed back and forth, but it’s not. Our guys know we have to play as a team.”
Particularly Saturday or things could get ugly.
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