South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke with the media on Wednesday for his weekly teleconference and gave some thoughts and opinions as the Gamecocks prepare for Mississippi State this coming Saturday. 

Here's what the Head Ball Coach had to say:

  • Spurrier opened how it's an unusual schedule the Gamecocks have had this year. Talked about five of their first eight games on the road. "Home for the rest of the season."
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  • He said that the Gamecocks were fortunate to get a win last week against Missouri. 
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  • He hopes the win streak will continue at Williams-Brice this weekend. 
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  • Spurrier said that Mississippi State has lost to some very good teams this year like Auburn. 
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  • Spurrier said you guard against letdowns after big losses and big wins. "You try your best as a coach to get your guys to forget what happened the week before." He said a play or two against Tennessee could have helped South Carolina win and a play or two could have helped South Carolina lose against Missouri. 
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  • Spurrier said there are a lot of goals left thanks to the win to Missouri. "We've got a lot more to play for."
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  • Coach talked about Dylan Thompson being a very good player. Mentioned he threw for over 200 yards in less than three quarters in the game against Missouri. 
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  • Coach Spurrier said it was the last stand against Missouri to have a chance to win your division. He said they lost a few games this year but so has everyone else and we'll see how it plays out. 
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  • Spurrier says teams are double-teaming Clowney in pass protection with a running back or tight end. He says teams have a "personal protector" on Clowney that will go out there and find him. "He's used to it by now and it does create some one-on-one rushes for other players."
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  • Spurrier says they try to move Clowney around here and there. 
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  • Spurrier thinks Clowney is still a force in the game even though he's not creating sacks and that he's creating disturbance in the other team's offense. 
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