Shane Beamer discusses South Carolina's struggles running the ball: 'It starts with us as coaches'
South Carolina has been limited by a number of things this season, but one of them is its inability to run the football.
Through 4 games, the Gamecocks have just 512 rushing yards. They understandably saw success against Eastern Illinois as they registered 258 yards on 47 carries, but it’s only gone downhill from there. Their rushing totals have been 100, 96, and 58 in their last 3 games, with 34 carries against Georgia and 26 against Kentucky.
All told, South Carolina is 10th in the SEC in rushing yards per game. Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez, the conference’s top running back with 520 yards this season, has more rushing yards himself than the Gamecocks do as a team.
Shane Beamer mentioned that while his team is running similar plays to last year before he arrives, there are other things it needs to focus on in order to be able to run the ball more effectively on a weekly basis.
“It’s a host of things and it starts with us as coaches and continuing to hone-in on the little things and giving us a chance to be successful,” Beamer said during his media availability on Sunday, according to 247Sports.com. “I don’t think it’s scheme. I think we ran a lot of the same plays last night that South Carolina’s offense ran last year, and we’ve just got to continue to execute that we look to call and coach up better what we’re running.”
The Gamecocks now turn their attention to Troy. Saturday’s kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.