As you may well imagine, Will Muschamp was in a good mood after a 31-13 victory over the Missouri Tigers. Here’s some of what he said to the media in the “other” Columbia following the game (more later):
—Muschamp had high reviews for Jamyest Williams, who had his first career interception to set up Deebo Samuel’s score not long after. The freshman showed tonight why he was one of the more highly-touted recruits in the 2017 cycle.
Muschamp: J. Williams has competitive edge, Pick came on disguised coverage, also had a PBU to effectively end the game— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) September 10, 2017
—The jet sweep by Hayden Hurst was a new wrinkle in the playbook put in this past week, per Muschamp. (To be honest, I hated the play call - so many things could have gone wrong with it - but it worked, so...)
—Bryan Edwards pulled in five catches for 35 yards. While it’s not a big chunk of yardage, Muschamp mentioned that the catches came at some important times. You’ll probably see more of him against Kentucky.
Muschamp: Edwards saw apt of soft coverage, hard to jam at the line, big target, good hands; he was very key on 3rd Down— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) September 10, 2017
—Muschamp apparently was asked about the amount of yards the Gamecocks gave up (423), which, yes, is a lot.
Muschamp: not about yards, it's about points. Proud of team and players, don't get caught up in stats— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) September 10, 2017
In fairness, the Gamecocks did outgain the Tigers 213-196 in the second half. (Sorry, Coach, for the stats). They did outscore them for the game, and that’s the most important part.
—The news seems to be good for Steven Montac, who stayed home due to injury.
Steven Montac has a sprained foot. Will Muschamp thinks he'll be OK for next week.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) September 10, 2017
Meanwhile, it was a different story in the home locker room.
Odom says RB Damarea Crockett left with a bruised tailbone. "I had one too. It's called an ass-kicking."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 10, 2017