USC getting signals straight
COLUMBIA -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he was able to signal in calls from the sidelines quicker against Kentucky than in previous games and will continue to use that system for the foreseeable future.
"Yeah, we were definitely up there with 15 or 20 seconds when we snapped it a lot of times or more," Spurrier said. "We did get 'em in a little bit quicker. We practiced quicker, and we got them in quicker. We're going to try and continue to do that."
Spurrier said he has no plans to use animated placards like Auburn, Clemson or Oregon.
"We've got two signalers now," Spurrier said. "One guy is live part of the time, and the other guy is live the other part of the time. That's worked the last two or three games. We feel like we can rapid-fire them in that way pretty well."
Jerideau moved to guard
Defensive tackle Byron Jerideau was moved to offensive guard, Spurrier said.
Jerideau, a former Colleton County High School star, recovered a fumble and had one tackle against Kentucky, but was on the field for less than 10 snaps against the Wildcats.
"Yeah, he's going to stay (at guard) a while," Spurrier said. "He's too good an athlete not to be on the field. We probably should've had him over there all year, to tell you the truth. We've got a bunch of freshmen trying to block these big defensive guys. Not getting as much movement as we need."
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Left tackle Kyle Nunn has been ruled out for Saturday's game with Mississippi State. Spurrier is hopeful that Nunn can return after the Gamecocks' open date and play against Tennessee on Oct. 29.
"His back was a little bit better," Spurrier said .
"The trainer says he's not out for the year, so there's a chance he could be back."
Spurrier was hopeful that Rokevious Watkins, who moved from right tackle to left tackle, will play against the Bulldogs. Watkins was held out of practice.
"He had a slight concussion," Spurrier said.
"He's not going to practice today, but by Saturday he should be ready to go."
Fullback Dalton Wilson sprained his ankle, but should be OK by the weekend.
Starting cornerback Marty Markett's status was uncertain for the weekend. He did not practice Tuesday.
"It was an ugly hit," Spurrier said. "He got pushed in the back and another guy hit him forward. He sort of got whiplashed. He's our best special teams guy. I wish we could get everybody playing at his effort level. He was captain again, I think he's been captain about three games now. He's a good player."