Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops On the Gamecocks

Mark Stoops comments on USC's quarterback change and their defense before their matchup on Saturday in Lexington.

LEXINGTON, KY (WKYT) - This Saturday the Gamecocks will be in Lexington, Kentucky for their third road game of the season. It'll also be another opportunity to show how legit they are.
In three weeks the South Carolina defense is allowing 17.3 points per game. They are fourth in the entire SEC in total points allowed-52 so far this season.
They had their best performance in their last game. They held the high scoring Eastern Carolina Pirates to 15 points. They averaged 42 per game.
USC had four clutch takeaways which was a season high. Now they'll have to do it again.
The Kentucky Wildcats are scoring 34 points per outing. In Monday's press conference, in Lexington, Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops recognizes how Will Muschamp is perfecting his defense.
"You see what they're doing defensively is the same, what Will's always done, it's just less right now," Stoops said. "It looks like he's building more and more each week but you see the core of what they are defensively. Offensively I think they're changed but I think much of what you saw last week-they'll build off of that."
Now that the Gamecocks have named Brandon McIlwain the starter opposing teams will try to prepare accordingly for the dual-threat QB.
After a rough debut at Vanderbilt where McIlwain had two fumbles that led to turnovers he's been an effective player.
He's completing a little over 50 percent of his passes for about 350 yards and two scores. He's using his leg as weapons churning up 99 yards on the ground for two touchdowns.
Since the second half of the Mississippi State game the offense has produced 34 points
McIlwain's ability, talent and intangibles is drawing praise from his head coach and Stoops.
"I could tell they're gaining a little confidence in what they're doing and the continuity in they're offense and settled in with him in some of the problems that he presents and his strengths. So I think they're going to get nothing but better offensively," Stoops said.
Muschamp echoed that after their victory over ECU on Saturday night.
"He continues to work at it. He's got a great work ethic. He's extremely intelligent so there's a lot of intangible qualities you look for at the position and I'm extremely proud of Brandon."  
Kickoff is Saturday night at 7:30 ET in Lexington, Kentucky.


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