Spring game recap

GoGamecocks staff reportsApril 9, 2011 

University of South Carolina's DeAngelo Smith makes a touchdown as he is pursued by Corey Addison in the first quarter of the Garnet and Black Spring football game at William-Brice Stadium.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

Wide receiver DeAngelo Smith had three touchdown catches to highlight the Gamecocks' annual Garnet and Black Spring Game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Smith had four catches for 118 yards and the three scores.

"It was a good game. Our guys gave an excellent effort without hurting each other, which is something we always try to do during a scrimmage," head coach Steve Spurrier said.

An estimated 30,100 turned out for the game that featured quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Seth Strickland leading the Garnet team, with Dylan Thompson and Andrew Clifford heading up the Black squad.

Shaw finished the day 17-for-27 for 176 yards and one touchdown. Thompson was 6-for-13 for 168 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

"I thought I did played pretty decent," said Shaw, the first-team quarterback with starter Stephen Garcia indefinitely suspended. "There were some times that I overthrew some receivers that I could have hit, but overall it was a good experience."

Spurrier said Garcia's "fate will not be determined probably anytime soon. We will see how all of that plays out here, in the next maybe three or four weeks."

Strickland passed for 80 yards and a score and one interception. Clifford had 65 yards and one pick.

Returning stars Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery saw limited action Saturday as expected. Lattimore finished with three carries for 19 yards and one catch for seven yards. Jeffery caught one ball for 30 yards.

In the backfield, Kenny Miles had six carries for 43 yards and a touchdown. Miles added three catches for 35 yards.

Ace Sanders had four catches for 54 yards. Jason Barnes caught three balls for 49 yards.

Walk-on receiver Cody Gilbert caught the annual "off the bench" pass for 60 yards.

On defense, Jimmy Legree had two interceptions, while DeVonte Holloman returned a pick for a touchdown. Sharrod Golightly also had one interception.

Damario Jeffery was credited with a team-leading seven tackles.

Steve Spurrier postgame comments

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