By: Madison Tucker
The South Carolina Gamecocks landed in Tampa safely on Wednesday, December 26th. The Gamecocks and Wolverines were treated to a dinner by Outback Steakhouse. Even though the room was divided, the atmosphere between the teams was friendly.
The Gamecocks started their bowl practice on Thursday, December 27th at Jefferson High School in Tampa. All of the Gamecocks have been performing well in practice, and Connor Shaw is still ready to start the game. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward stated that everyone is healthy and have been focused since they arrived. South Carolina has reviewed Michigan’s whole season, even though head coach Brady Hoke has been shy about saying which of his quarterbacks will take the most snaps in the game on January 1st.
South Carolina has been practicing hard, but has also enjoyed some free time with members of the Michigan team. Some Gamecocks and Wolverines went to visit the children at the St. Joseph’s Children Hospital. On Friday, the teams challenged each other to a friendly bowling game at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (which the Gamecocks won).
Sunday was the last full practice for South Carolina, as time winds down until the game. Jadeveon Clowney was named the winner of the 2012 Hendricks Award, and is the first sophomore to win the honor. All eyes will look to Clowney to help pull South Carolina through the game ahead. The game starts tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.