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Bentley's picks not big concern with Muschamp

After throwing just four interceptions in South Carolinla's first eight games, quarterback Jake Bentley has thrown five the last two, including three in last week's 28-20 win over Florida.

But coach Will Muschamp said he isn't that concerned about the sophomore's approach as the Gamecocks (7-3) look to host Wofford Saturday and Clemson in the regular-season finale on Thanksgiving weekend.

"He'll be fine," Muschamp said. "I'm glad he's our quarterback. He's a guy who's going to be very receptive to coaching and his own correction as far as the things he needs to do to move forward.

"I don't think that will linger on at all."

Bentley himself said there was no fundamental flaw that resulted in the picks and that offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Kurt Roper took some responsibility as well for the miscues.

"You just got to move on from it," Bentley said. "Coach Roper, that's one of the things he said after the game, 'It's much easier to learn from mistakes when you win.' He said we're going to get better at it. He said it's not all on you it's on me, too."

Still, one of items to be emphasized in practice this week is ball security.

"That's a big focus this week, taking care of the ball, especially going against a team like Wofford," Bentley said. "They get the ball back, they can take away a lot of time."

Wofford may be an FCS program, but it is a very successful one under 30-year coach Mike Ayers, bringing in a 9-1 record and a triple-option offense that has averaged over 260 yards a game rushing while controlling the ball over 31 minutes.

Muschamp said he has a "lot of respect for coach Ayers and the Wofford program. He's been there since 1988. I when I was a junior in high school when he took over the Wofford program."

Wofford also is more than just an option team on offense with a multiple approach causing even more headaches for defensive coordinators. Defenders must be aware of the "cut blocks" that go with the option game, Muschamp said.

"The biggest thing to me is playing the blocks," he said. "So many times you get your eyes focused on the ball carrier, and that's when you get gin-sued. That's when you get cut. The big emphasis to me is you've got to play the block first because if you're on the ground, we're playing with 10."

Muschamp is not a big fan of the technique that has a player targeting an opponent's knees.

"We talk about player safety a lot, don't we?" he said. "I see cut blocks creating some issues for player safety. That's where I stand on it."


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