There were no surprises — and that’s a good thing with the season opener at Alabama State fewer than two weeks away.
“Affirmation is what I was looking for,” Clark said. “It’s been a constant evaluation and it seems pretty much on the money up to this point.”
Clark’s assessment of the scrimmage moments after it ended highlighted explosive plays made by both the offense and defense, and the tape confirmed it.
All three quarterbacks played well, the head coach said, the running backs “looked the best they’ve looked” in camp. In addition, the offensive line “had one of its better days,” and the receivers caught several 50-50 balls over defensive backs.
They saw receiver Josh Barge making plays they had not seen before, and improvement from running back Buster Pope and in the blocking technique of the tackles.
“There were more good things from the offense and the defense needs to step back up,” Clark said. “That’s going to happen when you go against each other.
“We saw some guys do some really good things. It wasn’t all offense, but those were some positive things.”
The Gamecocks will start working on Alabama State today, when Clark anticipates having most everyone available. Another 25 players are due to practice Wednesday when classes begin, among them Dylan Cline (offensive lineman), Jarren Johnson (wide receiver) and Damien Davenport (defensive lineman) — freshmen whose JSU careers were interrupted by injury early in camp or delayed.
When they do turn to Alabama State preparations, it won’t be all Hornets all the time.
“We’ll do a little bit on them Tuesday and Wednesday,” Clark said. “You can do too much and by game time they’re almost bored with it. I think we’ll give a little taste … but we like going good-on-good as much as we can.”