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Notes and quotes from South Carolina football
Coach Spurrier said that the team is having a good semester academically so far. "It's been reported to the coaching staff that our players are doing a good job in the classroom this semester," said Coach Spurrier. "Some of them didn't do so well last semester. A few of the players really needed to buckle down this semester and so far, they have."
Spring practice begins March 19. Coach Spurrier said the first "4-5" practices would be open to the public. The Garnet and Black Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m.
Coach Spurrier said that junior Cory Boyd, who had thought about moving to wide receiver for the spring, has now asked to move back to running back. With Summers' dismissal, Boyd is expected to line up as the starter heading into spring drills.
Coach Spurrier said that he has visited with Syvelle Newton and that Newton expressed an interest of moving back to the wide receiver position for spring practice. Recruited as a quarterback by Coach Lou Holtz and his staff, Newton played wide receiver in 2003, catching 22 balls for 277 yards, before moving back to quarterback last spring. He started five games at quarterback last season and was the team's leading passer, completing 70 of 131 passes for 1,093 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions. "You look at Syvelle last season, and he is such a talent running with the football," said Spurrier. "We were looking at the Alabama film this morning, and he really was a handful running with the ball. I expect him to start out at wide receiver during the spring. We'll have a quarterback package available for him, but receiver is where he'll start out."
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