COLUMBIA — South Carolina center Cody Waldrop will visit a foot specialist after missing the Georgia game Saturday with a sprained right foot, coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.
Waldrop is “very doubtful” to play Saturday, Spurrier said. In his place, Clayton Stadnik is expected to make his second straight start. Spurrier was pleased with Stadnik’s play Saturday in Athens.
Spurrier said safety JJ Marcus has “a chance” to play Saturday. He missed the Georgia game after dislocating his shoulder in the opener against North Carolina.
Here are a few more notes from the Head Ball Coach and Gamecocks players:
- Spurrier enters media room with a whistle, says it’s to bring awareness to curing cancer. All coaches will wear one. Gamecocks will also wear a helmet sticker in game against Vanderbilt to bring awareness to curing cancer.
- HBC said the biggest difference with Vanderbilt is their athletes, which comes through recruiting. He didn’t stop there. Spurrier said it’s important for a competitive SEC team to recruit to similar academic standards with the rest of the league. “I would think they’ve (Vandy) relaxed them a little bit, but I don’t know,” Spurrier said.
- HBC said he saw video of assistants fighting on sideline after game: “We hashed it out. They know we’re not going to have any more of that.”
- HBC on Mike Davis TD Saturday: That was probably his most impressive run. That was the kind of stuff that Marcus Lattimore could do also.
- HBC on Mike Davis’ comments of taking anger out on Vanderbilt: “That’s why we have to be careful when we send players into the media room.”
- HBC on Jordan Matthews: “He’s one of the best in country. No question about it. Looks a little like Sidney Rice out there catching passes.”
- HBC with a joke: “Y’all seen Sidney lately? I don’t believe he’s had a haircut since he left South Carolina.”
- HBC on teams going away from Clowney: “We need to line up and put 5 guys on the other side and anticipate that they’re going to run there.”
- HBC: “We had a bad coaching game last week, as we all know. Starts with me. I’m responsible for everything that goes on around here.”
- HBC on Vandy: “They think this is the year they’re going to beat one of the top three teams in the East. Hopefully it’s not this week.”
- USC spur Sharrod Golightly on defensive performance vs. Georgia: “It was quite alarming. We didn’t expect that.”
- Golightly on needed improvements: “Most of the things are little things. Eyes, alignment, things like that.”
- Golightly on how to stop Jordan Matthews: “Solid team concept. We’ve got to work together. It’s not a problem.”
- Golightly on Vandy WR Jordan Matthews: “Of course he’s a great player, but I think we can match up with him.”
- Golightly on key v. Vandy offense: “I think the point of emphasis this week is winning the line of scrimmage, stopping the run.”
- USC junior WR Nick Jones on recent success: “I’m just a lot more comfortable out there this year.”
- Jones doesn’t mind being underdog: “Dating back to my high school days being a teammate of Marcus, I’ve been overlooked since those days.”
- Jones: “I didn’t like the thought of me only being here because I was Marcus Lattimore’s teammate.” Said it drove him to establish himself.
- Jones on his anger after the Georgia game: “I felt like this season was going to be the one for us. It still can be the one for us, but I really wanted to go undefeated.”
- Jones, on Georgia moving forward: “We’re rooting for LSU and Florida, and somebody else to trip those guys up.”
- USC RB Mike Davis on Vandy: “I think we’re all looking at it as a statement game. Everyone’s angry. We want to take it out on someone else.”
- USC guard Ronald Patrick on fill-in center Clayton Stadnik: “I thought he did a phenomenal job for a redshirt freshman playing a road game.”
- Davis: “I would say I ran very angry that game. One, because it was Georgia. … But I do run very angry.”
- Patrick says Davis has a “different style” of running than Lattimore: “After (Davis) breaks runs, I find myself watching him.”
- Davis: “I don’t think people underestimate my speed. It’s probably because of my size, people don’t think I’m at fast.”
- Patrick said offensive players weren’t blaming defensive players Saturday: “We all know we’re in this together.”