South Carolina Football: Recapping the Gamecocks' Spring Game

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 16, 2012

South Carolina WR D.L. Moore
South Carolina WR D.L. MooreStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

South Carolina wrapped up its spring on Saturday, in its annual Garnet and Black Spring Game at Williams-Brice Stadium. The biggest question facing South Carolina this spring was who would take over as the No. 1 receiver for the recently departed Alshon Jeffery.

That question wasn't answered on Saturday, due in large part to the fact that the Gamecocks aired it out to multiple receivers all afternoon. 

Maybe there isn't just one answer.

Damiere Byrd caught a 70-yard touchdown pass, D.L. Moore caught three passes for 82 yards and a touchdown and Ace Sanders—South Carolina's leading returning receiver—wasn't targeted that much, as the Gamecocks aired it out with multiple quarterbacks throughout the afternoon.

South Carolina QB Connor Shaw
South Carolina QB Connor ShawStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Starter Connor Shaw completed 6-of-7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, backup Dylan Thompson was 15-of-20 for 168 yards and a touchdown and Tanner McEvoy was 8-of-12 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

If you didn't know if South Carolina could sling the ball around this season, the Gamecocks certainly did their best to answer that question on Saturday with a resounding "yes."

Head coach Steve Spurrier seemed a bit concerned about the defense in the postgame press conference.

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I guess it was nice for the offensive guys. Not real nice for the defensive guys. The quarterbacks picked them out well. That was surprising. They only threw one or two errant balls today. All the quarterbacks threw well and the receivers caught most of everything. That's encouraging.

A good defense starts up front, and star defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor didn't play much and barely made the stat sheet. 

There's no need to worry about the Gamecocks defense. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward—who has held that title for four years but is calling the shots in place of the recently-departed Ellis Johnson this season—is familiar with the system and the roster, so growing pains will be minimal.


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