COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon for a preview of this weekend’s trip to Tennessee.
Here’s what the Gamecocks second-year head coach had to say about the upcoming trip to Knoxville:
- Opening: “Offensively, led by John Kelly, an outstanding football player. … Runs violent.” Defensively, Muschamp named several defensive linemen as guys who are “all hard to move inside.”
- Offensive linemen Cory Helms and Zack Bailey “moved around in practice” on Tuesday morning. Malik Young will get a look on the field on Wednesday. Wide receiver Terry Googer will, too.
- On Jake Bentley’s progression over the last 13 games: “Total command of what we do, understanding of protections. The mental side of it is as big as anything.”
- Muschamp, at the time, didn’t know if it was the right decision to pull the redshirt off Bentley last season. “It’s delicate at that position, in my opinion.”
- Carry-over from Arkansas: “Consistency in your performance. … That’s not something we’ve done necessarily as a team. … Consistency is very important, to have the type of program we want to have.”
- On turnovers: “Some guys have the innate ability to get the ball off of people.” Steven Montac, Muschamp said, has that knack. Former Texas safety Earl Thomas, who now plays for the Seattle Seahawks, is another.
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