South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing is often reluctant to offer praise to his players. But even Lawing couldn't help but be impressed with the Gamecocks' defense during their 14-3 win over Tennessee on Saturday.
The Gamecocks held the Volunteers without a touchdown and 186 yards of total offense.
"Three points. That says it all right there," Lawing said. "They had about 35 yards rushing. Anytime you hold a team under 200 yards, you're doing pretty good. We affected the quarterback the entire night. If you get sacks, that's great, but the whole thing is affecting the quarterback. You want sacks, but anytime you make the quarterback move in the pocket and he starts throwing the ball high or throwing the ball wide, you are affecting him."
Lawing singled out defensive tackle Travian Robertson as having an especially good game. Robertson had three tackles, including one for loss.
Lawing knows that stopping the Arkansas offense and quarterback Tyler Wilson will be a much more difficult task this weekend.
"Arkansas is a good football team, they really are," said Lawing. "There is a reason why they're ranked where they are. We've got to affect the quarterback. Our goal is every snap we do that whenever they drop back. Then we've got to stop the run game. We didn't let Tennessee run the football, so we made them one-dimensional, which helped us. I don't know if you can do that to Arkansas."
Cornerbacks C.C. Whitlock and Victor Hampton are expected to play against Arkansas on Saturday.
Whitlock missed the Tennessee game after suffering a concussion during practice last week. Hampton injured his calf against the Volunteers.
"Vic's calf is getting better daily, and C.C. will be back from his concussion," said USC assistant coach Lorenzo Ward.
Wilds earns award
South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds was selected as the SEC freshman of the week.
In his first collegiate start against Tennessee, Wilds rushed for a game-high 137 yards rushing on 28 carries. He was also South Carolina's top receiver with three catches for 31 yards, accounting for 168 of the Gamecocks' 318 total offensive yards against the Volunteers.
The 6-1, 225-pound true freshman entered the game with just 13 carries on the season for 75 yards.
Ingram on semifinal lists
South Carolina defensive lineman Melvin Ingram was named a national semifinalist for both the Lombardi and the Chuck Bednarik awards.
The Lombardi Award is given annually to the best college football lineman or linebacker. A dozen players are considered semifinalists, including four from the SEC. The Bednarik Award is given to the nation's defensive player of the year.
Ingram has 32 tackles on the season with nine tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. He is a three-time SEC player of the week winner this season and has scored three touchdowns.
USC-Florida kickoff time on hold
CBS has elected to use a six-day selection for South Carolina's game with Florida on Nov. 12.
The other SEC games include Alabama at Mississippi State, Tennessee at Arkansas and Auburn at Georgia.
The television windows for these four games are: CBS at noon, CBS at 3:30 p.m., ESPN2 at 6 p.m. and ESPN at 7:45 p.m. These four games will be televised in one of these four windows.
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