COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on Tuesday had praise for wide receiver and Calhoun County native Shamier Jeffery.
“One player I’m going to predict is going to be a good player is Shamier Jeffery. Shamier is finally, after a couple of years here just hanging around watching, has decided he wants to be a ballplayer,” Spurrier said following Tuesday’s first spring practice session.
“You can tell his body shape is completely different. He’s probably lost 15 pounds or more. He’s fit, he can run faster, can catch the ball and I think he’s going to be a real player for us,” Spurrier said.
“It was a fun day for most of the players,” Spurrier said. “Nobody got hurt. We ran around and tried to throw it around a little bit. Kelvin Rainey had two interceptions on his first day on defense, so he is probably the star of the first spring practice. We’ve got about 10 or 12 walk-on players out here that did some good things here and there. So it was a bit of a productive day.”
Spurrier was complimentary of new defensive line coach Deke Adams.
“Coach Adams is an excellent coach. He has a track record. He didn’t work his way up to this job by being an average coach. He knows what he’s doing. He has a good demeanor about him. I think all of our guys will enjoy playing their hearts out for him and for the Gamecocks.”
- The South Carolina-North Carolina season opener, set for Thursday, Aug. 29, will kick at 6 p.m. ET. The home game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
- Shaq Roland did not participate in Tuesday’s practice due to an academic issue. He was not allowed to practice Tuesday but is expected to practice on Thursday.
- Damiere Byrd did not practice on Tuesday. He recently underway LASIK eye surgery.
- Former Gamecocks D.J. Swearinger and Travian Robertson attended Tuesday’s practice.
- An ESPN crew was on campus with Tom Rinaldi interviewing Spurrier and Jadeveon Clowney.
- The next practice is Thursday at 4:15. It is open to the public.