Originally created 10/17/01

Midweek glance



What's next: The No. 16 Gamecocks (5-1, 4-1 SEC) play host to Vanderbilt (1-4, 0-3) on Saturday (7 p.m., no TV).

What's new: South Carolina DE Dennis Quinn, a former Washington-Wilkes standout, is taking part in non-contact drills after having missed the past two games because of arthroscopic knee surgery.

Injuries: Quinn is questionable. OT Travelle Wharton (ankle) and OT Melvin Paige (knee) are probable.

Pressing question: Can the offense find a spark? The Gamecocks were favored by nine points but didn't score nine in last week's 10-7 upset loss at Arkansas. They'll need to put things together in a hurry; South Carolina faces Tennessee's dominant defense Oct. 27.

Notable: Vanderbilt's past three SEC victories were on the road. The Commodores won at Mississippi and South Carolina in 1999, and they left Kentucky with a win last season.

Quotable: "What I should have done was take the offense to the indoor workout area, even though it's only 60 yards, and pump noise in there like you wouldn't believe and practice there all week. I had forgotten what it was like two years ago." - Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz, on preparing his team for the crowd noise at Arkansas

-Larry Williams