Steve Spurrier knows what it takes to win in the SEC, collecting six SEC titles during his time at Florida and leading South Carolina to its only appearance in the conference championship game in 2010.
He likes what he is seeing from the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s second season in Columbia.
“They could be a sleeper this year and upset some teams and so forth,” Spurrier told SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation. “Time will tell, but I like coach Muschamp and what he’s done here. I think almost everyone up here in Columbia has said that also.”
The Gamecocks surprised in Muschamp’s first season, winning six games and earning a bowl bid with a squad that was both young and not as deep as most conference schools. One of the highlights was the play of quarterback Jake Bentley, who took over the starting position as a freshman halfway the through the season.
Spurrier, who was hands-on with his quarterbacks during his coaching days and helped Danny Wuerffel win a Heisman Trophy, had nothing but praise for the young signal caller.
“He’s a natural thrower and the ball comes out of his hand very catchable,” Spurrier said. “ He’s the type of player all coaches love to have in a quarterback, one of those kind that invests everything he can in being the best he can be.”
With a seemingly wide open SEC East this season, the Gamecocks could find themselves battling for their second trip to Atlanta and a shot at their first SEC championship.
From his words, that wouldn’t surprise Spurrier at all.
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