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Will Muschamp looks at matchup with Arkansas
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Tuesday to preview the Gamecocks’ upcoming game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.
“They’re a little unique in this day and age, as opposed to 10 or 12 years ago when they were very normal,” Muschamp said, via Gamecocks Online. “Offensively, Dan Enos does an outstanding job. They have very similar thoughts from when Bret [Bielema] was at Wisconsin to now at Arkansas with some of the things they do offensively. [They’re] more traditional, two back, with big people on the field and play action. We’ve got to have great eye control defensively as far as what we’re watching.”
Bret Bielema discusses Gamecocks QB
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema praised South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley in his meeting with the media earlier this week.
“He’s obviously a coach’s son,” Bielema said of Bentley. “He’s been around it. He gets football. He knows two plus two equals four. He knows where to go with the football. If he sees something, he knows where to go with it, a very intelligent player.”
Bentley has completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 1,257 yards, 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in five games this season.
‘We’ve just got to execute’
South Carolina running back Ty’Son Williams told reporters that execution was the main issue in the Gamecocks’ 24-17 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday.
“We’ve just got to execute. … Finish the game,” he said.
South Carolina struggled to keep Bentley upright against the Aggies, surrendering 7 sacks.
“One of them I missed, too,” Williams said. “That’s not just all on the offensive line. We all have to come together and improve and correct our mistakes. We all know what to do. We’ve been coached well. We’ve got to go out there and do it.”
The redshirt sophomore running back has 41 carries for 246 yards and 1 touchdown this season, averaging 6 yards per carry.
South Carolina’s missing ingredient
In his meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Bentley echoed Williams’ comments on execution but said there’s another key ingredient the Gamecocks are missing: discipline.
“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.”
According to Bentley, discipline starts on “the practice field and the film room.”
Update on Zack Bailey
Injured right tackle Zack Bailey has a chance to return to the field on Saturday, according to Muschamp.
“I think Zack’s got the best opportunity to play,” Muschamp said, “And I’ll probably know more Wednesday or Thursday on him, but he’s probably further [along] from helping us than the other two guys are at this time.”
The junior missed the Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M games because of an ankle injury suffered against Kentucky in Week 3.
Former Gamecocks RB could help Razorbacks prepare
Former South Carolina RB David Williams is set to return to Williams-Brice Stadium as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.
As the Razorbacks prepare for the Gamecocks, they may pick Williams’ brain for inside info on his former team.
“I think there is insight that a player can always provide physically about kids,” Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said. “You can get an idea of what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are, potentially.”
Williams leads the Razorbacks with 279 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns in four games this season.
South Carolina’s 2018 O-line commits
South Carolina’s banged up offensive line has been under the microscope this season, but the Gamecocks coaching staff is doing everything it can to address the unit’s depth with the 2018 signing class.
SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan has a detailed look at the five 3-star prospects (per 247Sports composite) currently committed to South Carolina.
According to McGranahan, the Gamecocks are in the mix for at least two more 2018 offensive linemen: 4-star tackle Dylan Wonnum, brother of current South Carolina “Buck” D.J. Wonnum, and 3-star guard Jovaughn Gwyn.
Gamecocks nearing sellout
South Carolina is approaching sellout status for its home game Saturday against Arkansas, according to John Del Bianco of The Big Spur.
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) October 3, 2017
Hump day highlight
From 2012, Jadeveon Clowney single-handedly eliminates Arkansas’ read option.
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