Well, there was a scrimmage at Williams-Brice Stadium today, and the Head Ball Coach was less than thrilled with what he saw. No comedy routine this time. He wasn't joking.
After the South Carolina Gamecocks took the field this afternoon, Spurrier let the media know that he wasn't happy with his team's performance - at all.
Spurrier not pleased: "It was a struggle out here. Couldn't make many first downs, went backwards about every time."— Michael Haney (@Haney1075) August 15, 2015
Spurrier: "We're all too slow. Our quarterbacks don't move their feet and fire the ball."— Michael Haney (@Haney1075) August 15, 2015
Those comments might strike a little worry in some fans. We're less than three weeks from the season opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels, and if Spurrier's to be believed, we're not really close to seeing a quarterback separate clearly himself from the field. Good news: we're less than three weeks away, which gives this group still some time to pick things up. But it looks like Spurrier's done playing nice either way. And that calendar isn't going backwards anytime soon.
No QB separation. "We didn't have a best QB." -- Spurrier— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) August 15, 2015
So which QB did the best - at least today?
Although Spurrier said there was no "best QB", the consensus seems to be that among the four QBs, Connor Mitch looked the best after a slow start. Still, everyone has plenty of work to do. Perry Orth was the only QB to throw a touchdown.
Offense struggling early. Offense struggled first two drives under Mitch. Orth intercepted by Lammons on 3rd possession. #Gamecocks— Willie Smith (@willie_t_smith) August 15, 2015
At least thru the first of rotation of all 4 QBs, Connor Mitch had hands down the best performance for the Gamecocks.— William Gunter (@WilGunter) August 15, 2015
D does well
Some more good news: the defense looked good. Then again, they looked good last year in practice before Texas A&M, but today was encouraging. This is a group that has a great deal to prove after last year, and it looks like they are trending upward (at least in practice) under a new defensive coordinator in Jon Hoke.
Gamecock offense sputtered, defense solid seems to be the trending narrative at today's scrimmage at Williams-Brice.— Brad Crawford (@BCrawfordSDS) August 15, 2015
During USC's scrimmage Saturday, the defense held the offense to just a field goal during the regulation part of the scrimmage. #Gamecocks— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) August 15, 2015
HBC did like tackling."Defense is different. Our guys are tackling very well. All of them. They understand leverage, they don't dive at 'em"— Michael Haney (@Haney1075) August 15, 2015
Gerald Dixon, still nursing a knee injury, was the most notable name to sit this scrimmage out. Joseph Charlton, Connor Redmond, Taylor Stallworth, Antoine Wilder and Malik Young joined him on the sidelines.