COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina has been one of the Southeastern Conference's biggest surprises this fall heading into its bye week. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp believes his players will keep working hard during the time off to continue surprising people when they get back on the field.
Muschamp said he'll give his banged-up players like offensive line starters Zack Bailey, Cory Helms and Malik Young time to heal from their injuries. He expects the rest of the Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2 SEC) to keep grinding to improve for the stretch run, which starts at home against Vanderbilt on Oct. 28.
"It's about working on South Carolina," Muschamp said . "It's not about working on any opponents right now. We have plenty of time next week to get ready for Vanderbilt. We need to work on South Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday. The guys who are nicked up, we will be smart with them in practice, but we need to continue to progress and improve."