COLUMBIA -- In the interest of locating a No. 2 receiver behind Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina's DeAngelo Smith made a statement in Saturday's spring game.
Smith caught four passes for 118 yards and three of the afternoon's five touchdowns, including a 62-yard score from Dylan Thompson on the Garnet team's first play of the scrimmage. The sophomore caught a 5-yard touchdown from Connor Shaw as the first-half clock expired.
He completed his day with an acrobatic, twisting 28-yard touchdown from Seth Strickland to cap the day's scoring.
Coach Steve Spurrier said the spring game showing for "D.D." was no fluke. "Every scrimmage, he has made at least one big play," Spurrier said. "He has really developed into an outstanding receiver, as you could see out there today."
Spurrier complimented receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. for helping to develop Smith, considering he came from a high school program that rarely threw the ball.
Sophomore cornerback Jimmy Legree had two interceptions, including an athletic pick in one-on-one coverage against veteran receiver Jason Barnes. But Legree could soon be on the move.
If no one emerges soon at boundary safety, Legree, even at 5-11 and 180 pounds, could shift there.
Corey Addison could not do much this spring at the safety spot because of a leg injury. Both Brison Williams and Martay Mattox just got on campus in January.
Defensive head coach Ellis Johnson said he likes the shift of DeVonte Holloman to spur. He said it's unlikely Holloman would go back to safety.
Overall, Johnson said he has concerns about depth at defensive tackle and the secondary.
"We're a long way from being ready to line up in this conference," he said. "The youth back there is going to have to make tremendous strides over the summer."
Ball Coach goes bronze
While he was coaching Saturday at USC, Spurrier was being honored in Gainesville, Fla., as statues of Florida's three Heisman-winning quarterbacks were unveiled.
Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerrfel were on hand. Spurrier, in USC garb, taped a video message to Florida fans. Spurrier's daughter, Amy, represented the family at the Swamp.
Spurrier was more interested in talking about USC unveiling its SEC Eastern Division title lettering on the Williams-Brice south end zone faèade.
"It was nice to have some type of championship on our wall, along with the '69 ACC champs," he said.
Spurrier was proud that the "off-the-sideline play" worked in this year's spring game. He said he nearly forgot about the tradition of (illegally) trotting in a player from the sideline to catch a downfield pass, but some veteran players reminded him in the final minutes.
Walk-on Cody Gilbert, streaking in from the sideline, hauled in the 60-yard reception --only to be tracked down behind before he reached the end zone.
The play was the effective end of the game, which included a running clock and 12-minute quarters in the second half.
Spurrier said safety is the chief concern in speeding up the second half. Some players cramped Saturday, with temperatures creeping toward 90 degrees.
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