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Tuesday tidbits from South Carolina’s press conference

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Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp, along with quarterback Jake Bentley, put Texas A&M in the rear view mirror and look ahead.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks are looking to put a tough road loss to Texas A&M behind them as they return to Columbia to face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The team had its traditional media availability on Tuesday morning, and here are the highlights.

Moving on.

Arkansas is a team that has seen plenty of its own struggles, so this is a good opportunity for a bounce back performance. It’s also critically important to secure a win if South Carolina doesn’t want to be sitting at home during bowl season — but no pressure or anything.

The offense is fine. Really!

I suppose Bentley isn’t totally off the mark, because yes, execution is important. It’s also true that at this point in the season, what you’ve seen is probably what you’ll get from the Gamecocks. Nonetheless, it’s not exactly thrilling to hear that the staff doesn’t feel compelled to revisit their vision for the offense.

“Very competent” is an interesting choice of compliment here, both because Kurt Roper’s efficacy has been cast in doubt of late and because it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. Noting that South Carolina’s offense needs to be more productive might also be the understatement of the year.

This is a little more encouraging, though. The Gamecocks have a definite lack of balance right now with the absence of a running game. Working on the perimeter and the edges was an approach that really helped South Carolina last season, which is why it’s been odd that we haven’t seen it much in 2017.

Deebo is still out of the picture.

This should hardly come as a surprise, but South Carolina’s all-everything star remains on the shelf with his lower leg injury. Muschamp did add that Samuel is out of a cast and into a walking boot now, so that’s a plus.

But there’s some good injury news!

Getting even one of those three linemen back could make a big difference for the Gamecocks’ offense, especially if Bailey can go. It’s also a relief to hear Googer is doing well after his scary injury against Texas A&M.

And finally, nothing but nice things to say about a former Gamecock.

The running back transferred to Arkansas in the offseason, where he’s enjoyed some modest success and more snaps than he likely would have seen at South Carolina. While the move seems to have worked out for everyone so far, Gamecock fans can only hope Williams doesn’t channel Kenny Irons on Saturday.