Josh Kendall

Gamecocks should expect a physical spring under Muschamp

The Gamecocks open spring practice March 15.
The Gamecocks open spring practice March 15. Special to The State

South Carolina starts its first practice under Will Muschamp on March 15. The State will take the 15 days of the month leading up to that to look at 15 “keys” for the Gamecocks as they prepare for Muschamp’s first season.

The Ivy League schools are on the verge of eliminating full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season, but South Carolina probably will be going in the opposite direction under first-year head coach Will Muschamp.

The Gamecocks should expect a physical spring under Muschamp starting this month. Muschamp increased the physicality of Auburn’s practices in the spring and in the fall in one season with the Tigers a year ago.

“Will thought that was very important, which I do too,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn told AL.com.

“It’s 10 times more physical and I like it because we have to be physical in this league,” Auburn linebacker Tre’ Williams told The (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer. “Last year we kind of lacked that, and that’s what made us weak. Coach Muschamp preaches toughness every day, and he’s trying to make us tough.”

The increased physicality could help improve South Carolina’s tackling, which was a noticeable hindrance each of the past two seasons.

The Ivy League schools are eliminating hitting during the season as a way to reduce concussions, according to the league’s head coaches.

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