Recap, video: Spurrier talks Arkansas, USC injuries

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 6, 2012 

Steve Spurrier discusses Arkansas, Connor Shaw's injured foot, Kenny Miles' new role and more.

A roundup of news and notes from Steve Spurrier's weekly press conference, held Tuesday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

... Offensive lineman Mike Matulis is out for the season and will need another shoulder surgery, says Steve Spurrier, who says poor blocking technique an issue.

... Kelcy Quarles (shoulder) and Brandon Shell (ankle) returned to practice Monday night.

... Quarterback Connor Shaw (foot sprain) was "gimping" around Monday at practice, Spurrier says. "He couldn't run. He's got a little rehabbing to do. ... I doubt he could have played if we would have had a game last weekend."

... Spurrier said says Jadeveon Clowney will have foot surgery in offseason. "He's not practicing a lot right now ... but he's fine on Saturdays." Spurrier compared the injury to what D.J. Swearinger had last season.

... Spurrier said Marcus Lattimore will be at the game Saturday. Lattimore's name will be put up in Williams-Brice for his touchdown records. Spurrier said the honor will take place before the game or early in the contest.

... On whether or not the team worries about a possible BCS at-large bid: "If we can finish strong, we will see where it leads us, but just one game at a time right now. Trying to win No. 8 and trying to keep the streak at home alive is enough to talk about. ... We've got a very good season going. We're going to try to finish it."

... On Arkansas: "They seem to have regrouped somewhat. Their hopes are to go to a bowl game. They need a couple of wins. They'll be ready to play us. ... It's a huge game for us. I think our guys are fresh."

... On USC's secondary and how it struggled vs. Tennessee: "It could be a problem. Arkansas is actually better than Tennessee as far as throwing the ball, according to statistics. We're playing another outstanding passing team, and when we play Clemson that will be another one." Spurrier said the team played only a few basic coverages against the Vols and needs to mix it up against the Razorbacks.

... On Kenny Miles: "Kenny has been the ultimate team player through this. I still remember four years ago he was our leading rusher. He's played well in the past. When Marcus came, he didn't get many opp until the end of last year. He enjoys it here. He's a super Gamecock. He loves it here."

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