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We're about seven minutes from the scheduled start of Paul Haynes' press conference. I'll post live updates in this thread.
Haynes on how things are developing at LB: Two freshmen (Peters, Turner) working first team with Lake and Mitchell backing them up. They're competing and fighting and will know exactly what they need to to by Saturday.
Says the negative of young guys is knowing where to be vs. what the offense does. Says being careful what they're asking them to do, but A.J. and Otha are very instinctive and very athletic.
Says Otha and A.J. are very excited and have been in there every day studying, and hang out when they're not in class, gaining information.
On S.C. running backs with no Lattimore: Good backs. Offense doesn't change cause Lattimore isn't in there. They're going to run the power and the zone. They run hard, and they don't run out of bounds. They will turn up on the sideline and try to run you over. That's their makeup -- powerful running backs.
On the backup QB: Does the same stuff as Shaw (who's been a little gimpy).
Says Chris Smith has had a little more bounce in his step this week, going back close to home to play. Haynes says Smith's performance is what they expected and needed out of him this year. Doing a very good job stopping the run. You don't think of him as a sack guy, even though he's getting a lot of sacks.
On Spurrier: He's a legend. An ambassador for coaches. Has won a lot of games, very respected. "The opportunity to go against him and coach against him is a feat." Haynes' wife is from Florida, and a lot of her family members are Florida fans. Haynes doesn't know Spurrier personally, and this is the first time he's faced them.
On S.C. offense: Mixture of smashmouth and passing game. Whatever's working, that's what Spurrier does.
On WRs Ellington and Sanders: Very explosive. Make the offense dangerous. They can stretch the field, and get the ball on the screen and go 80 yards. Hogs have to tackle in space and not give up explosive gains from those two guys.
On video from last game: Definitely more improvement. In this last month, Hogs have gotten a lot better at stopping the run. Done a great job of that. Have to continue to improve in pass drops and understanding where they have to be. But improvement as a whole defense as far as continuity, attitude, not focusing on what's going on when the offense is out there.
That's all for Haynes today.
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