COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 15, 2012) – The No. 12/11 South Carolina Gamecocks
(8-2, 6-2 SEC) worked out Thursday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields
on another chilly day in the Palmetto State.
The Gamecocks return to
action on Saturday when they host the Wofford Terriers (8-2, 6-2 SoCon) in a 1
p.m. start at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised on a
pay-per-view basis throughout the state of South Carolina with Andy Demetra and
Brad Muller describing the action.
The key to stopping the Wofford option
attack is assignment football, according to Gamecock defensive coordinator
Lorenzo Ward. "You've got to defeat blocks. You've got to get off blocks,
whether they are chopping you or blocking you high.
"We want to keep them
out of the end zone," continued Ward. "We understand that they're going to make
some plays because of the style of offense. We're hoping we can slow them down
better than some of the option teams we've played in the past. It's tough,
especially when you play them late in the season. We have to make sure we play
assignment football and we've had a good week of practice doing
"You have to put your eyes in the right place when playing an
option team because there are a lot of moving parts," noted Ward. "It comes down
to being disciplined. If you don't let all those moving parts affect your eyes,
you'll be successful. If we do, if the moving parts get us, then we'll be in for
a long day."
Ward said that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a finalist
for the Nagurski Trophy, did not practice all week, but Ward expects him to play
on Saturday. Sharrod Golightly is also back and will be available on
"Wofford's going to come in here and do everything they can to
kick our tails Saturday afternoon," said head coach Steve Spurrier. "We've had
pretty good practices and we're going to be ready to play. Hopefully our fans
will really show this senior class how much they appreciate them – the
winningest group in school history. We need fans to come ready to scream and