South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier held his weekly teleconference Wednesday morning and spoke about a variety of topics as the Gamecocks prepare for their road trip to Knoxville this weekend to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. 

Here are a few notes from Spurrier and audio of today's teleconference:

  • -- Spurrier opened by saying this game against Tennessee was a huge game. He said he thought Tennessee had improved after the way they played against Georgia. 
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  • -- Spurrier hopes that the Gamecocks will be ready to play a fired up Tennessee team. He said that the Volunteers are still one of the football powers in the nation based on their tradition. 
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  • -- Coach Spurrier mentioned that he thought Connor Shaw was one of th emost underrated quaterbacks in the league. He says he runs, throws and make first downs for the team with his legs. He said he doesn't do the "stupid" things other quarterbacks do. 
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  • -- He said Shaw is one of the big reasons why South Carolina is 5-1 on the year. 
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  • -- He mentioned that Mike Davis was a good running back and that he hoped he could run well against Tennessee. He said there weren't many for the Georgia running backs. 
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  • -- Spurrier was asked about Antonio Richardson and the matchup between he and Clowney and he said that Tennessee had one of the better offensive lines around. He also added that he hasn't watched much of their offense as he is trying to find some "ball plays" against their defense.
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  • -- Coach said only time will tell if the defensive woes have been fixed. He said that the Arkansas game got out of hand and the Gamecocks got some good breaks. He said he wouldn't know if they've been fixed unless its done week after week after week. 
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  • -- Spurrier said that statistics are showing that this is the best offense that he's had at South Carolina. He said he thought they have a good balance of the run and pass. 
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  • -- Coach talked about how he said that he helps with recruiting for other teams like basketball and softball for the Gamecocks. 

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