Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Gamecocks Begin Historical Tough Journey
This year more mirrors 2006 when USC had just defeated the Commodores before starting the yearly scheduled trip, with the Vols, Razorbacks, Gators, Blue Raiders, Tigers and Cougars all in the path of the trip to the end of the season. Unfortunately, that year only damage avoided were the victories over MTSU and Clemson in the regular season finale and Houston in the Liberty Bowl. The Gamecocks next three opponents, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida are scheduled in the same order with similar strengths and obstacles for the Steve Spurrier squad, with only a bye replacing MTSU.
Coach Spurrier and his staff will have to prepare this team for this journey as if it is a life threatening adventure. They will need to be armed with extra weapons and use them at every opportunity. They will need to study the map (playbook) to victory and then allow execution to exceed all other aspects of travel this year that has delivered this years team to the 21st spot in the polls. Each player will have to be on the look out for the blind side hits of sacks and run losses, the loss of fuel through turnovers and silly penalties, and read the signs and not vacate lanes on special teams and last but not least stay away from friendly distractions and wrap up and tackle on every play to avoid the severe damage that the big plays bring to destroy the unit and make the trip impossible to finish.
The bags are packed, the staff is refining the map and the trip is confirmed. So my recommendation to make this an enjoyable trip...."Let Stephen Garcia drive, let the Captains navigate and allow the young guns to run wild and just play, so they aren't intimidated too early and make the kinds of mistakes that cause crashes and total loss wrecks." Good luck USC Coaches, you're on a field trip with no chaperones and who knows where your journey will take you in the end. Hopefully, the strength of this team has little knowledge and/or memory of the previous trips. http://gamecocksonline.cstv.com/
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