Gamecocks Fans Rally A Week Before First Game

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Gamecocks are heading toward their first game next week, but Thursday, head coach Steve Spurrier went to a Columbia restaurant for a pep rally and a live radio show.

It was up to Spurrier and a group of fans to get the season started right, which was perhaps something most important for freshman like Quinton Crocker.

"Big game day against Texas A&M," Crocker said. "I'm real excited and ready for the big game and ready for a big win."

People had plenty of predictions the season, as well. Fans packed into the Wild Wings Café in the Vista for Spurrier's radio show.

"It's all about fellowship and celebrating the football season," said Brittany Rabb.

Though at least one big hitter from last year won't be returning, Jadeveon Clowney, for example, Spurrier is going into his tenth season as Gamecocks head coach.

"Well it's not too hard to remember the days when in which it didn't go too well, so big change in Columbia since he's been here," Dwayne Shumpert said. "Definitely got some replacing to do, but hopefully there will be plenty stepping in to fill their shoes."

The Cocky mascot on a custom made hat worn by Shumpert will be holding an item representing an opponent each week, he said.

This season will also be Dylan Thompson's first as starting quarterback.

"I've got a little rubber alligator for Cocky to hold by the tail for the Florida game," Shumpert said.

As for this year's game against Clemson, Rabb had a final prediction, and showed it by holding up six fingers, which represented what she believed would be the Gamecocks sixth consecutive win against the Tigers.

The first game is Thursday at 6 p.m.


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