By Chris Peterson
The 2011 edition of South Carolina's football team kicked off spring practice this week with high expectations after winning the SEC Eastern Division a season ago. Winning the east was only the second major championship in school history and is a great accomplishment for the program. But some players are not satisfied.
Senior defensive back Akeem Auguste wants his actions on the field to lead the team.
"I feel like I've got goals for myself. I want to lead the team in interceptions, I want to lead the team in tackles, but one or the other would be great," said Auguste. "At the same time I'm just trying to win, I want to go back to the SEC, I want to go back to Atlanta."
A new face to the program is junior college transfer Kelcy Quarles, who is trying to use the spring to catch the attention of his coaches.
"Learn the defense, run around and make plays, listen to Coach Lawing, work on my fundamentals, get in better shape. I'm in good shape, but I want to get in better shape," said Quarles.
In just the first week of practice Quarles has managed to draw a little praise from defensive line coach Brad Lawing.
"He's a heck of an athlete, I've just got to teach him. He works hard, he understands what he's supposed to do, I've just got to get him caught up," said Lawing.
Quarles wants catch up. The USC defensive lines strength, size, and speed are expected to be one of the keys to the team's success.
The Gamecocks will conclude spring practice with Garnet and Black spring game on April 9.