The Gamecocks had plenty of heat Monday morning after moving their football practice from last week's evening time slot, and players admitted the muggy morning took its toll.
"It's tough out here," senior tight end/fullback Patrick DiMarco said. "A lot of guys froze up mentally just because they got a little tired, so we need to work on that. We're going to get a couple of more mornings in, and a couple of nights in, and mix things up so we're used to everything."
But he believes the players will build their stamina as they get used to the conditions.
"I'm sure we'll adapt with a couple of days under our belt with all this heat," DiMarco said." (Then) it'll be just like a night practice and won't seem so hot anymore. Hopefully, we can get our minds right."
The coaching staff was cognizant of the toll the heat could take.
"They tried to give us a little break between each thing so we can get our breath and kind of get back together and put things where we need to put them," DiMarco added.
Senior wide receiver Dion LeCorn believes the early practices will help the team once the season starts.
"The night is a little cooler, but we've got to play in the daytime, too," LeCorn said. "With Georgia, we've got a 12 o'clock (kickoff on Sept. 11) so we have to get used to it."
Ready to rumble
LeCorn said the players are excited about the team's first scrimmage scheduled for today Tuesday's practice. The banter has already begun on both sides of the football.
"There's been a lot of locker (room) talk, a lot of competiveness," LeCorn said. "There's going to be a lot of competition going on. It's been offense and defense. 'We're going to get y'all, defense. We're going to stop y'all.'"
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced wearing a yellow jersey. A number of players, including running back Kenny Miles and linebackers Qua Gilchrist and Shaq Wilson, remained on the sidelines with hamstring problems. Offensive tackle Jarriel King, who was out the first week, was at practice in a regular jersey.
Quote of the day
"That's a big part of it. We don't really have any set starters. Everybody is working for their starting positions so there's a lot of competition going on."
-- LeCorn, referencing the team's talent and depth.
The Gamecocks will practice today at 8:30 a.m., with the first half of the session at the Bluff Road facility. The team will move Williams-Brice Stadium for the remainder of the practice, when the "younger guys" will scrimmage, according to a USC release. It is closed the public and media.