South Carolina football: What the Gamecocks said in Week 2 of camp

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The second week of preseason camp is in the books for the South Carolina football team.

Week 2 ended with an interview with the head coach, following the Gamecocks first Saturday scrimmage of the month. Several players and a pair of assistant coaches were also made available earlier in the week.

Below are highlights you haven’t already read on SEC Country:

Coach Will Muschamp

“We’ve had good contact and I feel like we’re playing blocks much better up front and we’re disengaging much better up front. We’re sustaining blocks, offensively, better than we have before. I think we’re stronger as a football team. I think a lot of credit goes to [director of strength and conditioning] Jeff Dillman and his staff. I think the players are playing with more confidence, because the stronger you are, the more endurance you have, the more confidence you’re going to have as a player.”

“We’re using Bryson Allen [Williams] more in rush situations. Dennis Wonnum has had an outstanding camp. Taylor [Stallworth] has been a good matchup inside. Dante [Sawyer] moves inside in some of our rabbit package. Aaron Sterling is a young player that’s coming along, flashing. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves on that. … But I do think those guys have responded to our challenges, as coaches, to improve the four-man rush.”

“I think, right now, as a kickoff return unit, we would have Deebo [Samuel] and A.J. Turner would be the two guys that would go back. Ty’Son [Williams] would go back as an off returner. Rashad Fenton, obviously, is a guy that can do it and has done it at a high-level before. Punt returner, right now, would probably be between Chris Lammons, Jam Williams and Shi Smith. Those three have done the best job of securing the ball and that’s been, obviously, an issue here.”

Co-OC/WR coach Bryan McClendon

“The best guys can be multiple. They can be moved around and not so much just locked into one spot, in particular. That’s the goal, in trying to grow some of those guys, to try to learn two or three different places.”

On Terry Googer…

“Terry is a guy that’s very, very smart. He learns it very well, so he’s a guy that you can put in there and play him at a number of different positions and go out there and not have to curtail your offense. … He’s a guy that can go in there and you can just let it go. That’s one thing, right now, that is really, really, really pleasing me about him.”

On Samuel…

“He’s a really good football player that plays wide receiver. … He’s not just a wide receiver out there. He doesn’t mind the contact. He doesn’t mind getting in there and blocking. He loves the game of football. That’s probably my favorite thing about him.”

On OrTre Smith…

“The biggest thing is making sure we’re going to do a great job of nutrition and that 225 or 220 pounds doesn’t turn into 240.”

WR Bryan Edwards

“This year, we have more bodies, a lot more people that can rotate, so you’ve got to stay on your game, because there’s a guy behind you that can play.”

“Shi [Smith’s] a real explosive guy. He can fit in small spaces. He’s fast. OrTre’s a bigger body, a vertical threat. They’re both coming along. It’s just going to take time.”

TE Kyle Markway

“I feel like we’re 10 times further along than we were last year – faster, more in shape. We know what to expect and we’re able to move faster in install and everything.”

“[Muschamp] makes practice so you have no choice but to be physical. If you don’t go out there with the right mindset, you’re going to be on the ground a lot. It kind of forces you to be physical. In the past, we haven’t been that physical. It’s good to get that practice in, so the games will be easier.”

OG Donell Stanley

“I feel better than I ever have. I feel like I’ve got my body in good shape. I know the plays well, so I can play fast and not worry about making those mistakes. But, yeah, I feel good. I feel real good at left guard, too.”

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