There might be postseason basketball in the offing for the South Carolina Gamecocks, but spring football season is here. Will Muschamp met with the media a little under 30 minutes today to preview camp - which opens tomorrow - by breaking down some of the pre-spring starters, updating injuries, and laying out the plan for how things will go with him at the helm.
On the depth chart
One of the key pieces of news to come out of the presser is regarding WR Bryan Edwards. The early enrollee will get an early opportunity to prove himself, as he's been placed on the first string to open the spring session.
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Muschamp did state that Edwards was still "a little slow" while getting back to full strength after suffering a knee injury during his senior season this past fall, but should be at full go before long.
Another freshman mentioned by Muschamp is DE Keir Thomas. Thomas will get a shot on the second team to start spring.
Keir Thomas listed as second team DE as true freshman.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) March 14, 2016
However, that's still in flux. Muschamp stressed that if players didn't put out full effort, their spots could be filled by other players.
On Having Competitive Fire and Work Ethic:
It's always important, especially for a team with a completely new coaching staff (save Shawn Elliott), for there to be evaluations across the board on the players on the roster.
Here we go. Muschamp to the mic. "Great offseason. Really pleased with work ethic"— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
Well, that's a good start. Let's see what else Boom had to say:
Muschamp: Marquavius Lewis has had great offseason. Pleased with his work ethic. Keir Thomas (freshman) listed as 2nd team DE.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
This is important. Marquavius Lewis arguably needs to be our most improved player on the defensive line next year. He has the potential to be a superstar, but can he reach it? If he's going to, it appears he's off to a good start under the new regime.
Biggest emphasis? WM--"ETD"-effort, toughness and discipline.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
On the QB and WR positions:
It appears Muschamp doesn't adhere to the Spurrier philosophy of multiple QB's:
WM on 5 QBs: "If you don't have 5, you don't have 1. We have guys capable of doing a good job...they'll get a bunch of snaps."— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
It seems as though Muschamp is sticking with his newfound ideology about QB play and that it's more than just handing the ball off out of the I-Formation:
Muschamp: No timetable for QB. Guy who can make explosive plays, direct offense, move ball down field and core will get job.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
Also, Bryan Edwards is apparently really talented (breaking news, I know):
Bryan Edwards listed as first-team WR. Still a little slow coming off knee injury, Muschamp says. Big opportunity for freshman.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
It also appears Brandon McIlwain is off to a good start:
WM on McIlwain: "Really good" work ethic. "I've been very pleased."— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
Weaknesses on defense and his expectations out of the front 7:
It appears he doesn't like the state of our secondary (surprise, surprise):
Muschamp says he's concerned about safety. "Not real confident"— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
Don't know if this is good or bad (work ethic = good!) because our defense has been week the last two years, but it's a start:
Muschamp: Strength is front 7 right now. A lot of unknowns, but pleased with work ethic so far.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
GABA's Outlook on the Season:
Can we blame Sydney if we go 0-12?
Muschamp might win 0 games, but he's certainly a straight shooter. Honest about team's weaknesses.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) March 14, 2016
The answer: Yes. Because he brought it up. (angry, side eye look towards Sydney):
But anyways, that's pretty much a wrap on Muschamp's presser. Happy spring footballing everybody!