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Spurrier looking to fire up Gamecocks' defense

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm •  Published: September 10, 2013
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The Gamecocks have had strong defensive showings in recent games against Vanderbilt.

The Commodores managed only 77 yards — just 4 yards on the ground — in a 21-3 defeat at South Carolina two years ago. The Gamecocks notched five sacks in last season's nail-biter in Nashville to leave with a 17-13 victory.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin doesn't see many problems with Clowney or the Gamecocks defense, no matter what Spurrier says.

Franklin said he'll use tight ends and running backs to help slow down Clowney. He even joked that he appealed to SEC to go with Canadian Football League rules and allow the Commodores a 12th player, "an extra offensive tackle to just kind of stand over his head the whole game."

Gamecocks linebacker Sharrod Golightly said the team's problems at Georgia are correctable with hard work and repetition.

"That's what we're going to do this week," he said.

Golightly said he didn't see assistants Botkin and Adams arguing, but was confident it has not affected the team's unity or focus going forward.

Tailback Mike Davis, who rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Bulldogs, said players on all sides of the ball were hurting and want to come out strongly against Vanderbilt.

"We're all looking at it as a statement game. Everyone's angry and we're looking to take it out on somebody," Davis said. "No one's chill, no one's laidback, no one's laughing about it."

Spurrier found deficiencies in other areas as well last week.

He said the Gamecocks were not aligned properly when Georgia pulled off an onside kick in the first half that led to a field goal. Quarterback Connor Shaw still struggles at times in getting the ball off for a downfield pass, choosing to run when there are open receivers, Spurrier said.

"We didn't look very good. We're going to try to get our guys lined up in the right place and let them go play," Spurrier said. "See if we can play a lot better."

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AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.