South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp met with the media for about half an hour this afternoon to discuss upcoming fall practices. Unfortunately, the university hasn't #CredentialedGABA as of yet, so we had to come by our information in a second hand matter.
However Coach Muschamp did speak on a variety of subjects, including his teams' youth and the need to play fast:
Muschamp talking about team's youth and energy. Also speaks to the need to play fast.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) August 1, 2016
Will Muschamp "We're going to rely on a bunch of young guys to play."— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) August 1, 2016
Coach Muschamp then gave a couple of quick player updates on Kyle Markway, Shameik Blackshear, and Akeem Cooperwood:
Team work ethic has been good. Kyle Markway will be cleared to play in a couple weeks.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) August 1, 2016
No update on Akeem Cooperwood. Still working through a class issue.— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) August 1, 2016
Blackshear has been fully cleared to play from his injuries suffered in December in the shooting incident.— Scott Hood (@ScottHood63) August 1, 2016
He then dived a bit into the structure of the first few practices, how the QB race will be narrowed down, etc.
First 4 practices will be split squad: veterans will practice 1st, while young guys observe. Middle part will be full team, then young guys.— GamecockCentral.com (@GamecockCentral) August 1, 2016
No set date for naming a starting quarterback. Nunez is taking more reps at receiver but is in discussion for QB.— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) August 1, 2016
QB reps will be split pretty evenly and then be cut down to two after the first scrimmage.— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) August 1, 2016
Look for special teams to take on a more important role under the Muschamp-led Gamecocks
Muschamp on special teams "If you're not a quarterback and not an offensive linemen and don't play special teams you're a selfish player."— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) August 1, 2016
Muschamp said that selfish players won't be tolerated in the program. #Gamecocks— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) August 1, 2016
Will Muschamp says this was a message at team meeting today: 'Selfish players will not be tolerated in our organization.'— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) August 1, 2016
More on special teams...looks like they won't be trying to run Elliott Fry ragged this coming year...
Joseph Charlton will handle kickoffs and Elliott Fy will do PATs and FGs.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) August 1, 2016
WE'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAVE BORING UNIFORMS EVERY WEEK, GUYS...
Muschamp says the seniors will choose the uniforms week to week. I'd expect to see different uni combos every week.— GABAttack (@GABAttack) August 1, 2016
Muschamp noted that he is here for the long haul
Muschamp on the opener: "We're in it for the long haul. I'm focused on camp right now."— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) August 1, 2016
And that's it from Muschamp's presser, happy football season everyone!