August 2, 2006

Hunt's steady hand helps O-line grow

Steve Spurrier has a theory about offensive line play in major college football that's hardly unique - the harder you work in the summer, the better the results in the fall.

That's why he expects the 2006 edition of the Gamecocks offensive line - though far less experienced in terms of career appearances than last year's senior-dominated unit - to perform much better this time around.

"Last year's line didn't play all that poorly but it wasn't exceptional," Spurrier said. "They didn't play as well as we think our guys can play this year. It goes back to how they train throughout the summer. They've trained a lot better than last year's line. We think that will lead to better play. It usually does."

Offensive line coach John Hunt had just seven scholarship players to work with in the spring. But he'll shortly get a large - literally and figuratively - infusion of talent when six true freshman arrive on campus.

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