JACKSONVILLE - Head football coach Jack Crowe sent the Gamecocks through a two hour scrimmage on Saturday in preparation for the season-opener at Georgia Tech in two weeks.
"We had a Georgia Tech game preview and it's really just a beginning place," said Crowe following the scrimmage. "It's nothing game ready, by any means. It's getting snaps to guys who we can include in our game plan."
The Gamecocks ran a total of 110 plays during the scrimmage and Crowe said the team began to take a look at the Georgia Tech offense.
"One of the biggest challenges that we have is simulating their offense, it's hard to do," said Crowe. "I thought Rayce Whiddon did a great job at quarterback. He's a guy that we want to redshirt, but he is some fine athlete."
Whiddon, a freshman signee from Niceville, Fla., ran the triple-option to simulate Georgia Tech's offense for the Gamecock defense. Alexander Henderson, a preseason All-America pick, led the JSU defense with nine tackles, including a pair for a loss.
Crowe was pleased with the play of redshirt quarterback Brooks Robinson. The Opelika, Ala., native finished 8-for-19 for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"On our offensive side of the ball, I thought Brooks continued to develop," added Crowe. "When Marquise (Ivory) gets back, he won't get near as many snaps, so it's important for him to get as many snaps as he can."
One of the highlights of the scrimmage was a 60-yard touchdown reception by Greg Smith. Brandon George and Calvin Middleton combined to rush for 144 yards to lead the Gamecock runningbacks.
"I thought there were a lot of things that went well out here today," said Crowe. "I think we are learning to adjust to their style of play."
Crowe also mentioned the play of several young players that continues to impress the 10th year head coach, including Sherwin Winbush, Alan Bonner, James Shaw and Monte Lewis.