COLUMBIA -- Despite a pretty sluggish showing in the team's first full-blown scrimmage of preseason camp, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier still had twinges of positivity Monday about the team's offensive line.
"I really think our line's going to play better this year. But we've got to wait and see," Spurrier said of the line, which, in part, allowed five sacks of starter Stephen Garcia on Saturday. "I've been saying that every year. I'm trying not to be overly optimistic about things -- especially until we wait and see how our guys play.
"Anyway, we're looking forward to seeing what happens in a couple of weeks.
South Carolina's opener, against Southern Miss, is Sept. 2 -- now 16 days away.
Spurrier has talked about this being an experienced team, with the line being an illustration. However, he said age doesn't always guarantee results.
"Just because you're a fourth- or fifth-year guy doesn't necessarily mean you're a really good player," Spurrier said. "But they're bigger and stronger."
In fairness, position coach Shawn Elliott hasn't even coached a game yet for the Gamecocks. And left tackle Jarriel King missed more than a week of camp with a hamstring injury.
Spurrier said Monday that backup lineman Steven Singleton (concussion) will miss some time. So will freshman Tramell Williams (shoulder).
Williams was one of three linemen who coaches have said could play right away. A.J. Cann, working at tackle, is another. Ronald Patrick, now the second-team center, is the third.
Spurrier was high on the efforts of the team's younger receivers.
Redshirt freshmen Lamar Scruggs (three catches, 73 yards), DeMario Bennett (three catches, 66 yards, touchdown) and DeAngelo Smith (two catches, 30 yards, touchdown) were standouts. So was freshman Ace Sanders (three catches, 33 yards, touchdown).
Of course, those performances don't even include USC's primary young targets, Tori Gurley and Alshon Jeffery.
Singleton isn't the only Gamecock waiting out the effects of a concussion. Spurrier said safety Corey Addison, out since the middle of last week, could miss the rest of this week.
Addison is in the mix to provide depth behind DeVonte Holloman at strong safety.
Spurrier said the team is headed for one more scrimmage (probably closed). It'll likely be Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. … "Overall, we're still pretty sloppy," Spurrier said. "We're still a long ways from where we hope to be."