Head Coach Bobby Johnson Weekly Press Conference Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 South Carolina Game
Johnson's opening statement... "We are looking at a very challenging week. We go to Columbia and into a hostile atmosphere to play a team (ranked) in the Top 10. We have plenty of work to do. That's probably good after the Georgia game...to get our mind off of that one and just move on and try to get ready for the Gamecocks."
On if South Carolina has arrived as an SEC power... "They're pretty good. They're beating people. That's the only way you can say you've arrived or haven't arrived. They're 6-1. That's arrived in my book. They've been good for the last six or seven years. They've had some good athletes. Coach (Lou) Holtz had some good years. They built on that. They got some good players."
On the quarterback position... "I think we got two good quarterbacks (Chris Nickson and Mackenzi Adams) and we're going to continue to use them. We'll look at it game plan wise. Everybody makes mistakes in games. Everybody does good things in the game. We feel like we have two good players and we're not going to hesitate to use either one."
On (multi-talented) D.J. Moore's role in the offense this week... "What you have to be careful with is that D.J. plays a whole lot of plays on defense. He runs back kicks. He covers kickoffs. You have to be careful that you don't overuse him and make him less effective in other areas. He's certainly an exciting player and we'll reserve that right to use him (on offense)."
On (tailback) Jared Hawkins... "I think Jared has improved his body over the summer. He's gotten stouter and stronger. He's improved his pass protection. He can run inside. He catches the ball well. Overall, he's a very good player. He had a very good game against Georgia. Jared's going to get his opportunity."
On (linebacker) Jonathan Goff's performance against Georgia... "Jon had a good game. Jon's probably spoiled us all over the years because you expect him to have that kind of game. It was good to see him back in his old ways. He was flying to the ball and running through blockers and making good plays. He had a sack and a tackle for loss. He had an overall great game."
On South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley... "You have to take your hat off to him. It's a tough job for a redshirt freshman, and he seems to handle everything extremely well. They've very efficient on offense. By efficient, I mean they win the game. They do what they have to do on offense. He's got some good help. He's got some good receivers. I'm also really impressed with their running backs, (Cory) Boyd and (Mike) Davis. I think that's a big help to him. They make some big plays for their offense."
On (receiver) Sean Walker's touchdown catch against Georgia... "It was more impressive to me because I couldn't see down the sideline. I have the worst seat in the house. I couldn't see exactly where his feet were or if he had possession. Everyone in the box was saying he caught it and they were going to give us a touchdown for that. It was good to have instant replay. Glad they got it right because that was a spectacular catch. If Sean had caught it and not received credit for it, that would have been bad."
On the play of (defensive end) Steven Stone... "Steven is a good player for us. He's got a good body. He's very mobile for his size and uses great technique. Steven just knows he's going to be in the right spot at the right time. He is also trying his very best to do what we teach him to do. We've had a lot of success over the years with players like that and I really appreciate those type of players. It's not that Steven's not a good athlete. He can run. He combines it with smart play. To me, that's an ideal combination."