COLUMBIA, S.C. – This week’s showdown with old SEC West rival Arkansas presents the South Carolina football team with an opportunity for a fresh start.
That’s the message Gamecock coach Will Muschamp relayed to his team on Tuesday morning.
“The big thing he said today is there’s no re-dos, but we’re going to restart,” sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley said. “We’re going to restart this week and really just refocus, just refocus on those little things. … Kind of going back to the so what, now what mentality.”
Execution, the sophomore quarterback added, played a big factor down the stretch in South Carolina’s loss at Texas A&M.
“Like I said after the game and I’ll keep saying it, we’ve just got execute the plays that we have,” Bentley said. “I don’t think we need anything that’s different or try to do too much. We’ve just got to – if anything, we probably need to narrow it down and just perfect the plays that we know we can run and just execute them at a high-level.”
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Along the offensive line
With South Carolina’s offensive line down three starters late against Texas A&M, the Aggies sacked Bentley 7 times. When asked Tuesday what he told his linemen on Saturday night, Bentley said his message was positive.
“Just keep battling, that’s what I tell them. Just keep fighting,” he said. “They’re going to have mistakes just like everyone else is going to have mistakes. That’s what I tell them, that we’re in this together. It’s not just them.”
Muschamp’s talking points
There are three areas that Muschamp “always talks about” with the team: Effort, toughness and discipline. The Gamecocks, according to Bentley, have brought the first two to each of the first five games this season.
The latter, too often, is the missing ingredient.
“Discipline is a big thing that we have to keep working on,” Bentley said, “Whether that be throwing it on time or getting the right play in or running the route to the right depth, just little, minute things that can stack up and cause us to execute to the best of our abilities, so it’s at practice.
“I mean, that’s where it starts, the practice field and the film room. Just really trying to get better every day and get it to correlate on the field.”
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