Twenty-seven players on the roster will be recognized before the game as part of Senior Day festivities. Starters Devin Taylor, Byron Jerideau, Reginald Bowens, Shaq Wilson, DeVonte Holloman, D.J. Swearinger, Akeem Auguste, T.J. Johnson, Justice Cunningham and Kenny Miles will play their final game in Williams-Brice Stadium. Its been a special time around here watching the team turn the corner as the years progressed, said Johnson, the Gamecocks starting center. Its been a fun time, one that I will remember the rest of my life. South Carolinas seniors have won a school-record 35 games in their career.
THE DREADED TRIPLE OPTION
Whatever the opponent of the moment calls it Wofford call it the Wingbone the triple-option offense has been a nightmare for South Carolina. Whether it be Navy or The Citadel or the Terriers, wishbone teams have thrown scare after scare into the Gamecocks. Run the ball, run the ball, play very sound defense, very sound special teams, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said of Woffords style. They have always given us a very, very close game that, one of two plays, they could of beaten us here both the times prior, Spurrier said. The Terriers are second in the FCS Southern Conference with 357.1 yards per game. They average 3.7 pass completions per game.
THE TASK AT HAND
Not only is Wofford a tough matchup on the field for South Carolina, but the Gamecocks have to make sure they dont get caught looking ahead to next weeks game against Clemson. Were going to be ready to play, Spurrier promised. If they beat us, it wasnt because we were screwing around all week. Were going to have a good week of practice and were going to try to get this game. It is one of the most important games as far as this season. Were out of the SEC now. So now, were after wins. Thats what were after. The Terriers recent scares against South Carolina in 2008 and 2006 should help the coaching staff convince their team to stay focused this week. They are a good team so we cant peek around any corners, Johnson said.
South Carolina has not been unbeaten at home in a season since 1987. The Gamecocks are 6-0 in Williams-Brice Stadium so far this year, having beaten East Carolina, UAB, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas. They have been 7-0 four times in school history at home (1979, 1980, 1984 and 1987). The perfect record is meaningful to Spurrier because its one of the things that has eluded him during his tenure at the school. Hopefully we can play one of our best games, he said. This is a huge game for us. A win would do something else for Spurrier as well, tying him with Rex Enright for the schools career record in wins with 64.
LIMPING INTO ACTION
The most important player on offense and defense will limp into this game. Quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a foot sprain against Florida and the injury was aggravated in last weeks win over Arkansas. Shaw did not practice Monday night but returned to practice field Tuesday and the rest of the week. He is 10th in the SEC in passing yards per game (178.9 per game). On the defensive side, end Jadeveon Clowney has been limping since suffering a foot injury against Kentucky on Sept. 29. Clowney estimates he is playing at 85 percent and has been limited at practice for more than a month. He is expected to have surgery in the offseason, but the injury is not getting any worse, defensive line coach Brad Lawing said.