USC's First Football Practice Means Toughness

The Gamecocks will aim to be a tougher team in year two under Will Muschamp. The first practice of the season is no better time to set the tone for the year.

COLUMBIA, SC - Monday morning the Gamecock football had their first official practice of the season. The team looked spry and focused at the Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor facility as leaders set the tone for the rest of the year with one of many tough practices.

Bryson Allen-Williams continued his leadership role for the linebackers and the defense as he encouraged teammates through drills.  Jake Bentley looked sharp as he went through warm ups and drills to lead the quarterback group.

The known leaders like Allen-Williams and Bentley will play a key role and as well as other leaders who will emerge and as practices continue. There may be one, two or a few guys that step up in all the team groups this season and USC will welcome it.

Will Muschamp has voiced his concerns of depth in his defensive front and the offensive line will be key protecting Bentley as he tries to lead on offense that has a potential to score a lot this year.

Muschamp's concerns could all be alleviated with toughness. He hopes that the Gamecocks become tougher as he enters year two.

"You've got to be tough in the secondary, you got to be tough at the corner position, you got to be tough at the safety, at the nickel, you got to be tough at wideout to block down field and create explosive runs for your offense," Muschamp said.  "It's an element of toughness that goes through all 11 guys. It's not just about both lines of scrimmage and that's where we got to really challenge our guys to improve."

Check out some the sights and sounds from USC's first practice-



The Gamecocks kickoff the season against NC State at Bank Of America Stadium In Charlotte, NC on September 2nd. Game time is set for 3 pm.

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