Spurrier seeking more from 12th-ranked Gamecocks
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:57:07 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- Steve Spurrier likes what he's seen of No. 12 South Carolina's offense and hopes to get even more production going forward.
The Gamecocks coach has enjoyed the quick-strike capabilities that have helped South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) average 30 points and 480 yards a game. Spurrier believes the Gamecocks can do even better and isn't about to say it's the best offensive attack he's had since coming to Columbia.
"I hate to say that. Some of these guys can't take praise. You don't want to praise them too much, they'll think they got it made," said Spurrier. "You've got to be careful about that, so let's just say we've got some potential."
Spurrier says quarterback Connor Shaw has improved in trusting his arm instead of scrambling out of the pocket. Shaw twice struck for touchdowns in last week's 35-25 win over Vanderbilt when he hung in behind the line and found receivers in tight spots.
"He's thrown pretty well. He can do a little bit better at times, but he's done very well. He throws a beautiful pass," said Spurrier. "He's executed a lot of plays very well this year thus far."
Still, Spurrier says Shaw can take a few more shots downfield.
The coach says the foundation for the improved production is South Carolina's offensive line.
The Gamecocks have a bye this week.