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3:36 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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Gamecockcentral.com --- Again, Steve Spurrier's motivational tactics worked like a charm.

Just over 12 hours after a noticeably annoyed Spurrier called out three players - Jadeveon Clowney, Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd - for missing practice, two of the three participated in Tuesday morning's two-hour workout on the Proving Ground.

Clowney (bruised shoulder) and Byrd (hamstring) were back today working out alongside their teammates, although Spurrier would only go as far to say "all three were out here" and offered no guarantees any of them would play in the season opener on August 29.

Ellington has been sidelined for the past several practices with a hamstring ailment.

"Jadeveon is doing fine, Bruce is doing fine, Damiere is doing fine," Spurrier said.

"But they did not all practice. They're injured, but they're out here doing something. Sometimes those hamstring injuries can linger and linger. If these other guys out here look like they're ready, we'll play them. We play the guys we think are the best ready to play the game."

Apparently, Spurrier was angered Monday night when he learned the aforementioned trio were inside the locker room "jiving around and playing on their cell phones" instead of watching practice from the sidelines which is customary.

Spurrier blamed the oversight on a "communications problem."

"They didn't know they were supposed to be out here watching practice," Spurrier said.

"So, I'm the dummy on that. Now they know they'll be out here watching practice. We had a communications problem, but now we're ready to go. It was my fault. They told me, 'Coach, nobody told us we had to be out there.'"

Spurrier described Tuesday morning's workout, which wrapped up shortly after noon, as 'decent,' and continued to insist USC must diligently prepare for the upcoming season because, except for Clowney, the Gamecocks have few nationally prominent players.

"We're next to the bottom of the SEC in all-conference players," Spurrier said. "We have four All-SEC guys, one first-teamer and three second-teamers. Only Kentucky has fewer than us. They have three. It's pretty interesting. So, hopefully, the expectations with our players need to be that we're not a super-duper team by any means. We don't have many superstars right now."

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