Spurrier talks bowl prep

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier addressed the media after the Gamecocks' Wednesday morning workout. The head ball coach shared his thoughts on the team's progress and Connor Shaw's health.

The Gamecock football team continued its preparation Wednesday for the New Year's Day Outback Bowl against Michigan.

The squad went through a two-hour morning workout and then gathered at Outback Steakhouse in Columbia for a team meal.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier met with the media after Wednesday morning's practice to give an update on the team's progress.

Spurrier notes:

- Quarterback Connor Shaw is healthy and will be the starter in the bowl game. Spurrier said Shaw is running around the best he has in a long time. He said Dylan Thompson will see playing time in the bowl game.

- Spurrier said the team is having decent practices.

- Spurrier praised Michigan's defense. He said he has been watching a lot of tape and is very impressed with the Wolverines' front four. The head ball coach said the Gamecocks must play very well in order to win the game.

- Spurrier said he thought Lorenzo Ward did very well in his first season as defensive coordinator. He said Ward is developing into one of the best defensive coordinators in college football.

- Spurrier expects everyone to be academically eligible for the bowl game.

- When asked if former Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia would stop by and see the team in Tampa, Spurrier said he didn't know if he would or not. The team will be practicing at Garcia's former high school.

- Spurrier said there is a huge difference between 10 and 11 wins and hopes to accomplish another 11 win season.

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