COLUMBIA -- South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw can't seem to make up his mind.

Sometimes he'll wear a glove on his throwing hand and sometimes he won't.

Shaw had a glove on last Saturday when he threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the Gamecocks' 54-3 victory over Kentucky.

Coach Steve Spurrier said he has advised Shaw to don the glove all the time.

"I wish I had one when I was playing," Spurrier said. "One day I was out there messing around and you can grip that ball. A little sticky on it. Makes sense. Every now and then (Shaw) doesn't wear it. He goes on and off. I told him I'd wear it if I was you. "

Protection adjustment

Two times in the Kentucky game, the Wildcats blitzed a linebacker who had a clear shot at Shaw.

Spurrier said it was a breakdown in USC's protection scheme that he will adjust during practice this week. "It's just sort of a five-man protection and they just rushed a linebacker late twice. Our linemen kind of split, and it was our fault for not having a back stay in to block. Maybe we need to coach 'em up a little better. We'll probably keep a back in more in protection."


If Davis Wade Stadium is known for anything, it's the cowbells that the Mississippi State fans ring throughout the game.

The SEC has banned all artificial noise makers, but allows the Bulldogs fans to ring the cowbells. It doesn't bother Spurrier too much.

"They have a rule no artificial noise makers in any stadium," Spurrier said. "They stopped our little rooster crow here. We couldn't do that. So, but they say it's a tradition there and coach (Dan) Mullen talked to his fans about not ringing them when the other team is at the line of scrimmage. So, everybody doesn't worry about it."

Alshon said it

When wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was asked by a reporter who was a better basketball player, Melvin Ingram or him, the junior wide receiver responded, "I'm going to have to say myself."

When asked to compare his hoop skills with Bruce Ellington, who led the Gamecocks' basketball team in scoring a year ago, Jeffery was equally confident.

"We did some schooling with Bruce on the basketball court, so he knows who the best basketball player is," Jeffery said with a laugh.

Injury update

Offensive tackle Rokevious Watkins did not practice again on Wednesday. The 6-4, 340-pound senior suffered a concussion in Saturday's game. Spurrier was hopeful that Watkins would be able to play this Saturday against Mississippi State ... Cornerback Marty Markett, who also suffered a concussion against Kentucky, did not practice ... Fullback Dalton Wilson, who missed practice earlier in the week with a sprained ankle, returned to practice, participating in all the contact drills.