The Gamecocks lost a frustrating game to Kentucky to fall to 2-2 on the season. The video of his press conference can be found here and the highlights are below.
On the offense:
Starting the game offensively we really struggled to really get anything going, especially in the throwing game. We’re bad on 3rd down for two weeks in a row.
As a coach you have to give your guy a chance to be successful…In the first quarter we had some issues functioning offensively, with lack of communication, lack of execution. It wasn’t all on one position. But we’ve got to play better around [the quarterback] position and play better at that position.
On why Carolina punted on the next to last possession of the game:
Well I felt like we’d get the ball back, which we did.
On the performances of A.J. Turner and David Williams:
I thought they ran hard and we’ve got to give them some space and some opportunities.
On why the media can’t talk to McIlwain:
Because right now he just needs to worry about being the quarterback at South Carolina. Is that gonna help our organization, him talking to y’all? No it’s not.
On the defense:
Defensively we really have struggled to play blocks up front and hold the point against people and that’s something that’s been a reoccurring theme. We’re trying to load the box and get as many folks as we can and we gotta get off blocks and make some tackles.
Well we’re not the most physical bunch in the secondary…We’re doing everything we can do as far as teaching is concerned and those things, but we just gotta learn to wrap and stick your face in the fan and like it.
On the frustration of the current situation and how to move forward:
Kids battled hard and fought and it’s a seven point game…disappointed with just the lack of execution offensively.
We’ll continue to work and continue to improve. We’ve got a young group.