COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) — As the Gamecocks wrap up their spring football camp, the emphasis hasn't been as much on who's making the most plays, but rather on the building blocks. Beamer's emphasis has been on building a culture at South Carolina, insistent on being prideful to be a Gamecock.
Through 12 practices, Beamer likes what he has seen. As I observed practice on Tuesday morning, you could feel the "lightness" that tight ends coach Erik Kimrey talked about when it came to the vibe inside the building. Yes, it's only spring practice, but it's also 15 of the most important practices you get during a season cycle.
"I wish we had 15 more practices," Beamer joked on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm having so much fun out there, I think our players would tell you the same thing. Its been great being out there, learning the players, getting around them."
Aside from the players, Beamer has been able to gel with coaches that he hired in the off-season. Some of them, like Marcus Satterfield, he's worked with before. Some of them, not so much. "Being able to see their personalities, how they teach, has been fun. And you're learning things everyday about the staff, and the team," Beamer said. "I think the connectedness and the vibe, the energy is fantastic...people have commented on how great the energy is, the vibe is at practice."
Beamer will look to turn around a program that has won just six games in the last 22 games.
The Garnet & Black spring game will kick off on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. over at Williams-Brice Stadium.