Beamer and #Gamecocks gear up for Kentucky (AUDIO) – SportsTalkSC
USC football is healing its wounds after a 40-13 loss to Georgia last Saturday. However, the season could really start this weekend as Carolina (2-1 / 0-1) entertains Kentucky (3-01 / 1-0) in the Gamecocks SEC home opener. Kentucky comes off a narrow 28-23 victory over opponent FCS Chattanooga last Saturday. The Wildcats beat the Missouri 35-28 in their SEC cover lifter on September 11. The United Kingdom averages nearly 200 yards rushing per game, while yielding only 97 per runout.
USC head coach Shane Beamer held his weekly press conference on Tuesday to turn the page from Athens to Lexington. Beamer chose press availability as an opportunity to speak to their fan base. “Gamecock Nation, listen to me. We need you there early. We need an environment on Saturday night which will be a real advantage on the pitch for us. He went on to explain how the Georgian crowd had made a big impact on his team, especially disrupting communication when USC had football.
Saturday’s game will be the 33rd all-time meeting between USC and the United Kingdom, with the Gamecocks holding an 18-13-1 lead in the series. However, the Wildcats have dominated the series lately, having won six of the last seven, including a 41-18 victory at Lexington last season. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. from Williams-Brice Stadium on ESPN2.
Key Notes from Beamer’s Presser …
- Georgia have some very good players, too. Kentucky has some really good players, too. It’s called the SEC. It’s grown-up football.
- Regarding injuries, Beamer says the Gamecocks are “in very good shape”. He expects QB Zeb Noland to be ready to play on Saturday, although he did not pitch on Tuesday. He still has stitches where he was stepped on in the game against Georgia.
- Beamer says if all goes well this week, Luke Doty will be the starting quarterback against Kentucky.
- When asked about the taunt penalties the Gamecocks have received over the past two weeks, “the taunt calls we have received in the past two weeks we deserved them.”
- LB Darryle Ware went public on Tuesday morning.
- Said Kentucky will be a handful in USC defense. “It’s a physical attack that wants to run football, but has the ability to throw the ball over your head.”