November 28th, 2011 02:04 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Connor Shaw, Marcus Lattimore, Ol Ball Coach, Stephen Garcia
For a team that couldn’t repeat as SEC East champion, South Carolina has accomplished one major goal already — becoming just the second Gamecock team in history to log 10 wins in a season. Now Steve Spurrier says his team will have to start aiming for something else when they begin bowl practice:
“I think we had a goal to win eight, win nine, win 10. We didn’t set one to win 11, so we’re going to set a new one when we meet back up (today).”
This season will have to rank among Spurrier’s best efforts. Despite struggles at quarterback — including the dismissal of starter Stephen Garcia — and the loss of Mr. Everything tailback Marcus Lattimore, the Ol’ Ball Coach led his team to a 10-2 record and for the second year in a row beat all four traditional Carolina roadblocks: Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
I have no problem admitting that I expected USC’s season to fall apart with the loss of Lattimore, a player who accounted for 36% of the Gamecock offense. But that didn’t happen. While the offense struggled, the defense became stronger. And on Saturday night against Clemson, quarterback Connor Shaw had what might be his breakout game.
Kudos to Spurrier and his staff for some excellent work in 2011.
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