Practice report: Skai Moore ready to face home-state Gators

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 12, 2013 

South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

Freshman Skai Moore started his first career game against Mississippi State and is in line for a second straight start this weekend against Florida.

The linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., admitted there will be extra motivation when the home-state Gators come to town.

Moore, originally committed to Rutgers, had more than 15 scholarship offers, including SEC schools Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. He was not recruited by Florida.

"I've got a little chip on my shoulder about that," he said. "Being from Florida and not being recruited by them, I've got something to prove too. I'm ready."

Moore said he grew up a Miami Hurricanes fan. He is tied for the team lead in tackles with 38.

This week, Moore said not knowing who will start at quarterback for Florida is not affecting the team's preparations. Presumed starter Tyler Murphy will be a gametime decision.

More highlights from South Carolina's Tuesday practice:

-- The Gamecocks cut practice a little short as the weather became cold and windy. Saturday's weather is expected to be better, with a high near 70.

-- Defensive line coach said it is weird to see Florida struggling. He said he can't remember a time when the Gators weren't playing well. "They're still a really good team. They've had some bad breaks this year with injuries. We're going to be ready to play like we are every week."

-- On Jadeveon Clowney and his sack production being down, Adams said, "He's playing hard and we're winning and that's the thing that he's worried about right now."

-- Cornerback Jimmy Legree said the team is preparing for Florida as if they are as good as they've been historically. "Florida is a great team. We can't take them lightly, even though they lost to Vandy."

-- On the race for the SEC East, Legree said: "We know we've got a lot on the line. We're all trying to stay positive and make the most of it."

-- On Victor Hampton, defensive backs coach Grady Brown said: "He's coming along. It's about doing the best you can each day, whether he's on the field or off the field. He's trying to do the best that he can. It's slowly coming to an end, whether it's this year or next year, it's slowly coming to an end and he knows that there are some things that he wants to get done as a player at South Carolina. There are some things that he wants to contribute to the defense and some personal goals that he has with football. It's getting close to that time. With each day that goes by it's just about trying to do the best that you can on that day."

-- Cody Waldrop (ankle/foot) practiced. Players who did not practice or wore yellow jerseys were: Devin Washington (concussion) and Mike Matulis (shoulder).

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