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Saturday News and Notes

Thomas, Cooper Lead Gamecocks in Rout of Mississippi St. Carolina had their way with the Bulldogs last night. Brady Thomas homered twice and Black Cooper pitched 8 1/3 and only gave up 2 ER. Let's do it again tonight.

Offense Plays Well in Friday Practice. Granted, it was against a defense with few starters playing, particularly on the line, but Steve Spurrier sounds pleased with the offense right now. The offensive line played well, our quarterbacks were hitting their receivers, and the backs were gaining yards. I'm especially pleased that the line is showing improvement; a lot of the noise out of camp seems to be suggesting that the line is looking the best it has in quite some time right now. Again, granted, it's against a rag-tag defensive front, but anything is progress for this group.

One point from this report that caught my eye is the continued strong play of D.L. Moore. It's been hard for Moore to find playing time behind Alshon Jeffery, Tori Gurley, Jason Barnes, and Moe Brown, but it seemed like he was a guy that could beat a corner and make a play when he did get in last year. I'd like to see more of him this season.

Oliver Purnell Leading by Example. (H / T Shakin the Southland) I hate to break the first rule of GABA and say something nice about the Tigers, but this was a remarkable story about their basketball coach. And by Ron Morris, no less.

On a related note, apparently some Clemson fans want Purnell gone. What are these people thinking? I guess they're dreaming of the salad days of Larry Shyatt. Sheesh.