Practice report: Spurrier takes in Masters ahead of Gamecocks' spring game

dcloninger@thestate.comApril 10, 2014 

David Williams at South Carolina's spring practice April 10, 2014, at Williams-Brice Stadium.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

Steve Spurrier returned from Augusta, Ga., and the Masters for Thursday’s under-the-lights practice at Williams-Brice Stadium, but was minus the canary yellow hat and shirt he had sported at the course.

Former South Carolina golfer George Bryan IV Tweeted a picture of he and his friends posing with Spurrier on Thursday, the Head Ball Coach front and center between Augusta valets. Six of the other seven men in the picture rivaled Spurrier’s outfit – they were wearing matching shorts with giant argyle diamonds on them, in USC colors of garnet, black and white.

“I went today,” Spurrier said of the pilgrimage. “Stood around about three hours, my back got all stiff. Sat around in one of those little cabins for about an hour and then walked a little bit. I’ve had enough. Now I’m ready to watch on television.”

THROW ‘EM A BONE

Spurrier gave one hint about his mysterious celebrity receiver for the spring game off-the-bench play.

“It’s a surprise,” Spurrier said. “Local celebrity, I will give you a hint on that.”

NO MORE YELLOW

Tailback David Williams was back in a normal garnet practice jersey after spending numerous previous practices in yellow. Williams was stretching out his tender hamstring as practice began, but got a few light reps in during the session.

Coaches are hopeful that Williams will be able to play on Saturday.

JONAS BROTHER

A recent addition to the spring roster is redshirt freshman Jonas Price, wearing No. 34. A kicker and punter, the 6-foot-2 Price has been offering some challenge to kickers Elliott Fry, Landon Ard, Tyler Hull and Patrick Fish this spring.

Price may not be able to get on the field in the fall, but he’ll definitely be a fan favorite. His hometown is Cockeysville, Md.

TAKING IT EASY

USC practiced with no pads on Thursday.

COMPANY

Former kicker Adam Yates was practicing his field goals before practice began, and former wide receiver Moe Brown stopped by. Scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars and world champion Seattle Seahawks also attended.

OUT

Players who missed practice or were injured were: Connor McLaurin (leg), Jordan Diaz (knee), Kane Whitehurst (foot), Rory Anderson (tricep), Mike Davis (class) and Abu Lamin (class).

NEXT

The Gamecocks conclude spring practice with the Garnet and Black Spring game at noon on Saturday. It is open to the public.

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