Spurrier Spreads The Offensive Blame

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday August 28, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier might
go with backup Chris Smelley at quarterback next week against
Vanderbilt. But Spurrier said Friday that Tommy Beecher's four-interception performance in the Gamecocks' 34-0 victory wasn't all the junior's fault.

Spurrier says the offensive line and the running backs didn't do
a good job protecting Beecher for most of the game. Beecher was
forced to scramble or let go of a pass earlier than he wanted. The
result was four interceptions in Beecher's first start.

Smelley came on the fourth quarter after Beecher was knocked in
the head, and he smoothly directed three touchdown drives. Spurrier said he'll wait a few days before deciding on a quarterback for South Carolina's first Souteastern Conference game this season.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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