Gameday info: USC vs. Georgia

September 9, 2011 

Who: No. 12 South Carolina (1-0) vs. Georgia (0-1)

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV: ESPN with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox

Radio: WNKT-FM 107.5 with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin

Satellite radio: Sirius 219/XM 200

Series Record: Georgia leads the all-time series 46-15-2

Last Meeting: South Carolina won 17-6 in Columbia in 2010

Current Streak: Georgia has won seven of the last nine meetings

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INJURY REPORT

South Carolina: OL Cody Gibson (knee), out; CB Akeem Auguste (foot), questionable; LB Damario Jeffery (ankle), questionable; S D.J. Swearinger (hamstring), probable.

Georgia: LB Alec Ogletree (foot), out; DT Kwame Geathers (shoulder), probable.

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Five Questions with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott

Were you pleased with the conditioning considering your five starters played the entire game?

I think we played 65 snaps or something like that so that’s not a whole lot reps. We probably get 120 out here during the course of a practice.

Was it your plan to keep the five starters in the entire game?

I think that’s the plan any time. You don’t want those (freshmen) to have to play. If you can make it through the whole year and get those guys redshirted, that’s a big plus. Right now, they are scheduled to play so we’ll see.

How did you play Saturday and what challenges does Georgia present?

It wasn’t a great game. I thought it was a pretty solid performance. There were a couple of pressures on A.J. Cann. I didn’t think we had any missed assignments from the guys up front. We can play with much better effort. We have to get the ball rolling early up front.

Will Georgia’s defensive line be a different type of challenge?

They’ve got a great d-line. You talk about (Kwame) Geathers, 6-6, 350 there at nose guard. That’s going to be a guy we haven’t seen before. Jarvis Jones, No. 29, that guy can come off the edge, physical, powerful rusher. He can change the complexion of a game in a hiccup. We have to be on our toes and play much better than we did last week.

What can you take from last year’s 182-yard performance from Marcus Lattimore last year?

This is a totally different year. We have to go out and establish ourselves and see if we can run the football. We’ll find out if we can or find out if we can’t at 4:30.

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Head to Head: South Carolina center T.J. Johnson vs. Georgia NT Kwame Geathers

About Johnson: The 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior struggled with the accuracy of his snaps during preseason practice but was near perfect in the opening-week win over East Carolina.

How He’ll Win: Johnson has to move Geathers to one side or another and allow Marcus Lattimore room to maneuver at the line of scrimmage.

Key Number: 35 ... Geathers outweighs Johnson 350 to 315

About Geathers: The 6-foot-6, 350-pound South Carolina native beat out highly touted JUCO transfer John Jenkins for the starting spot in the middle.

How He’ll Win: Geathers must hold his position at the point of attack to bottle up the Gamecocks’ favorite running play, the inside zone read.

Key Number: 2 ... Two of Geathers brothers have preceded him in the SEC, Robert at Georgia and Clifton at South Carolina

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