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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: Steve Spurrier game week press conference notes and quotes

The HBC meets the media ahead of the season opener against UNC.

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Well, it's game week. It feels weird on a Sunday, but with the South Carolina Gamecocks playing the North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday, Steve Spurrier met the media to talk about the game and his team's approach going into their season opener. Here's just a bit of what the HBC had to say:

On what to expect overall

Spurrier mentioned that he understood the fact that there were so many unknowns surrounding the team, but is taking a "wait and see" standpoint going into the season.

On the running game

The depth chart lists Brandon Wilds as the starter and David Williams as the backup, but Spurrier noted that the two are pretty even, and expressed confidence in Williams' abilities to perform, especially after showing glimpses of his ability last season.

On last year's season opening loss to Texas A&M

Spurrier is taking a "keep it from happening again" approach to the loss instead of a "teaching moment" kind of situation. The loss certainly set the tone for the entire rest of last year, but the staff is seemingly steering their focus away from that and keeping them fixated on beating UNC on Thursday.

On the wide receiver situation

There's been some concern about the lack of depth at WR (outside of Pharoh Cooper, of course), but Spurrier affirmed his belief in the corps and is confident that they can handle the challenge.

On honoring the Charleston 9

With the tragedy at Mother Emanuel in Charleston still fresh in the nation's minds, the team will honor memories of the nine victims of the shooting throughout the season.

On the Tar Heels


Starting TE Jerell Adams is a little banged up (hamstring strain), but Spurrier noted that the senior should be good to go for Thursday. Shaq Davidson had knee surgery and will redshirt.

So why was Brett Favre here yesterday, anyway?

Good question. It turns out that Favre's daughter, Breleigh, is a pretty good volleyball player, and she is currently being recruited by South Carolina to play for them. Breleigh is currently a junior at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It may not be the last time we see the Ol' Gunslinger around campus after all.