Spurrier might go young vs. Georgia

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COLUMBIA --- Steve Spurrier's newest strategy for No. 2 Georgia? Two quarterbacks and a bunch of young receivers.

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South Carolina's Kenny McKinley, who has one touchdown and nine catches this season, is doubtful for Saturday's game against Georgia.  Associated Press
Associated Press
South Carolina's Kenny McKinley, who has one touchdown and nine catches this season, is doubtful for Saturday's game against Georgia.

South Carolina's coach ended much of the mystery as to which of the quarterbacks would start against the Bulldogs (2-0). He said he would probably play both Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley.

Spurrier added he would call on several of the Gamecocks' untested wideouts in the increasingly likely event Kenny McKinley, the record-setting receiver and the offense's best player, would miss the game because of a right hamstring pull.

"I would say he's doubtful," Spurrier said. "When you pull a hamstring like he did, it's usually a two-to-three week deal. So I don't know."

Spurrier also apparently couldn't decide on a quarterback. Then again, he hasn't had a lot to go on this season.

Beecher, a junior, was named the starter in the spring and opened against North Carolina State. It was a disappointing debut as Beecher threw four interceptions before injuries forced him to the sidelines.

Smelley came on to lead South Carolina to three scoring drives in the 34-0 victory.

Smelley started the next week against Vanderbilt as the Gamecocks looked to wipe away memories of last season's loss to the Commodores. Instead, Smelley threw two interceptions and South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) struggled to move the ball when it mattered most in Vandy's 24-17 win.

McKinley caught that game's first scoring pass. Soon, he was on the sidelines in street clothes with ice taped to his right thigh.

McKinley, who grew up in Mableton, Ga., says he wants to play since it's the senior's last game with Georgia. He vowed to do all treatments and rehab exercises to get ready for Saturday's game.

Without McKinley, Spurrier says sophomores Joe Hills and Jason Barnes, and freshman C.C. Whitlock would get more involved.

Hills and Barnes were part of Spurrier's 2007 recruiting class, a group possessing such speed and potential, some recruiting experts compared them to the top classes Spurrier brought in at Florida.

So far, only fellow sophomore Dion LeCorn has been a regular contributor.

Spurrier acknowledged frustration because his receivers hadn't shown more in their second seasons. But he and his staff go by what they see each practice.

"If they can get open and catch the ball, they'll be starters here," Spurrier said. "But when they don't get open and don't catch very many balls in practice, it's just hard to put them out there."

If McKinley doesn't play, 6-foot-5 tight end Jared Cook looks to be South Carolina's main option.

SATURDAY'S OTHER GAMES OF INTEREST


- N.C. State at Clemson, Noon (CBS-Ch. 12)


- Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (ABC-Ch. 6)

QUARTERBACK COMPARISON


Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley both are likely to see time at quarterback against Georgia. A look at how they compare and how they've fared in the first two games for South Carolina (1-1):


TOMMY BEECHER


HEIGHT/WEIGHT :6-2/227


CLASS :Junior


GAMES :1


COMP.-ATT.-INT. :12-22-4


PASSING YARDS :106


TOUCHDOWNS :0

CHRIS SMELLEY


HEIGHT/WEIGHT :6-2/211


CLASS :Sophomore


GAMES :2


COMP.-ATT.-INT. :28-44-2


PASSING YARDS :325


TOUCHDOWNS :4

Source: secsports.com

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sctex
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sctex 09/10/08 - 06:18 am
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Garcia!

Garcia!

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 09/10/08 - 07:31 am
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They could put Joe Montana in

They could put Joe Montana in his prime out there and SC could not win. It is the chicken curse!!!!!

ugadawgbite
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ugadawgbite 09/10/08 - 09:31 am
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MMMMMM chicken dinner is my

MMMMMM chicken dinner is my favorite...

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 09/10/08 - 10:36 am
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U dawg fans so smart, tell me

U dawg fans so smart, tell me what team and what position:

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Unbelievable
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Unbelievable 09/10/08 - 12:33 pm
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Ben Harbin DUI? Are you

Ben Harbin DUI? Are you smoking crack? So did you just go to GeorgiaDogs.com and copy and past the roster? Should we pull out all of those that dont play for UGA?

CanDawgsDoMath
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CanDawgsDoMath 09/10/08 - 03:18 pm
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All i hear is Dawgs this,

All i hear is Dawgs this, Dawgs that.......figured u dawg fans breathe and eat this #1, oops #2 fallacy....figured u had the rosters all memorized.....One further test, can you tell me which dawgs on the roster are future or past felons?

The Martian
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The Martian 09/10/08 - 06:40 pm
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Yeah Metal Man, we can tell

Yeah Metal Man, we can tell you which ones are future felons.

sctex
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sctex 09/12/08 - 06:07 am
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Go

Go Gamecocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

knuttydawg76
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knuttydawg76 09/13/08 - 02:53 am
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How many crimes did Garcia

How many crimes did Garcia commit this past summer?

knuttydawg76
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knuttydawg76 09/13/08 - 02:59 am
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Wasn't it last summer or the

Wasn't it last summer or the summer before sc players were stealing campus computers? So let's not dishing out the hate RMM. Don't be bitter or jealous of UGA for having a winning tradition and sc having a tradition of next years the year.

sctex
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sctex 09/13/08 - 07:18 am
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usc 19 uga 14

usc 19 uga 14

sctex
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sctex 09/13/08 - 07:35 pm
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I still stand by UGA 8-4.

I still stand by UGA 8-4.

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