Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:46:51 GMT — COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Wednesday night, the South Carolina football team hit the practice fields for the Gamecocks' first pre-season workout in Columbia. The practice was open to fans, and Coach Steve Spurrier says fans should expect more open practices. Those who were at the Bluff Road field today also got a chance to get autographs from their favorite players. However, one key player was missing at practice, Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery. Related Stories Mangus loses $14,600 in salary Garcia and Mangus reinstated to Gamecocks Gamecocks open first practice to fans Another run-in with the law at USC; QB coach Mangus arrested, suspended Gamecocks picked to win SEC East Jeffrey was in a minor car accident Tuesday and has a sore back and whiplash but is expected to be back on the field in a couple of days.
Several hundred fans watching tonight to see the debut of highly touted freshman Jadeveon Clowney. Number seven expected to be an impact player for the gamecocks this season.. He was full speed ahead tonight, although Coach Spurrier doesn't think that's the best thing for him for right now.
"He plays too fast out here, we've got to teach him practice speed," Spurrier said. "I think we'll have to take him out of the game to slow him down." Spurrier also talked about dealing with the expectations for the Gamecocks this season. "Everybody else is good too. Everybody else is saying, usually all the coaches are saying the same thing this time of year," Spurrier said. "I think I usually say it almost every time, but it is more noticable with all these new guys this year." The team works out again Thursday at 7:30 p.m.