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The Daily Feed: Saturday, 12/15/2012

Spurrier addresses the media after practice, a top JUCO LB prospect is on campus this weekend, and Gus Malzahn makes a run at the Byrnes H.S. offensive coordinator.

Happy Saturday, everyone. I'm going to try to make the Daily Feed a, uh, daily thing once again. Wish me luck.

VIDEO: Spurrier speaks after Saturday morning practice

Some quick highlights from Spurrier's Q&A:

The coaches will start preparing the gameplan for Michigan on Sunday. "We had some confusion about finals, so we were missing half the team. So we had all the young guys running around out there," Spurrier told the media.

Connor Shaw was held out of practice on Saturday but is expected to return on Sunday. "The plan is to start Connor and get Dylan in somewhere in the first half or first quarter maybe," Spurrier said. "And just get both of them ready to play and see how it goes."

"We had a couple of [guys who violated team rules] that will not be with us [for the Outback Bowl]. Kyle Harris and D.L. Moore will not be with us... Kyle Harris will be transferring... D.L. Moore is done." Like many of the pass attempts that have come his way over the past several years, D.L. Moore's career goes out with a whimper.

On the Heisman Trophy: "I voted for Clowney. I voted for him first. He got four first place votes. Did you see that?"

On whether Bruce Ellington would play football in 2013: "Why, did somebody say he wasn't?"

A look back to why the Gamecocks have few numbers at linebacker (subscription required)
John Whittle of The Big Spur put together an excellent breakdown of the recruiting, player development, and roster attrition that have led to the Gamecocks' current shortage of linebacking talent.

JUCO LB Tommy Sanders is on campus for an official visit
The coaching staff is looking to address that void at the linebacker position by hosting JUCO LB Tommy Sanders of Butler JC, KS this weekend for an official visit. 247 Sports rates Sanders as a 4-star OLB, ranking him as the 20th best JUCO prospect in the country. Sanders will be enrolling at the school of his choice for the upcoming winter semester, so a decision could come not long after his visit. It's currently thought to be a battle between Ohio State and South Carolina, though there are some indications that his offer from OSU is not a "commitable" one. Texas A&M is also a factor here.

Byrnes OC declines offer to join Malzahn's Auburn staff
Gus Malzahn offered the offensive coordinator at Byrnes (Marcus Lattimore's high school) a position on his new Auburn staff as quarterbacks coach. Bentley has apparently declined the offer, his qualifications of a coach aside, it was an interesting gambit that could have resulted in Auburn developing a pipeline into one of the best high school programs in South Carolina.