South Carolina's new-look offense will get its first significant test on Saturday against Tennessee. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was recently dismissed from the team and running back Marcus Lattimore was recently lost to a season-ending injury.
South Carolina blog Garnet and Black Attack, for one, seems to be looking forward to it:
You would have to imagine that the Vols will have less respect for the run and will choose to challenge Shaw with confusing coverage schemes. If they do, I hope Steve Spurrier takes the gambit and gives Brandon Wilds many chances to run the ball. If the coaching staff believes in this guy, they need to give him an opportunity to make some plays.
Oh, don't get me wrong. Starting the 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal-caller against a vulnerable Gamecocks team at Neyland Stadium may inject a little life in a draining season that still has a few drops of hope pooled at the bottom. It's just that, you know, starting a freshman quarterback is SOOOO 1994 for the Vols.
Game date, time: 7:15 pm ET, Saturday, October 29
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
TV channel: ESPN2/ESPN3
Spread: South Carolina favored by 4
Series history: Tennessee leads 22-5-2
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