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Gamecocks trying on 'no huddle' offense

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By Mandy Mitchell - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina is trying something a little new during spring practice this year: the "no huddle" offense.

The offense is well-known in the NFL, where Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts use it.

Gamecock coaches are hoping the plan leads to a faster paced and more mistake-free football game.

The idea came from new offensive line coach Shawn Elliot. The purpose is to eliminate some mistakes in communication during certain game situations.

"I think we had a lot of substitution errors last year," said Elliot. "This will be a lot better for us."

So far, players like wide receiver Deon Lecorn seem to like it.

"It doesn't give the defense the time to get their checks or nothing," said Lecorn. "We just attack the whole time."

"The receivers and tight ends and running backs learned it quick," said quarterback Stephen Garcia. "They've learned it fast."

Don't expect to see the Gamecocks switch to a complete fast-paced format next season, Coach Steve Spurrier says there will be times for the old-fashioned huddle.

"I'm not a big believer in all the time no huddle," said Spurrier. "I believe at times you have to look at the guy in the eye and tell him the play, but we'll do a lot of it no question."

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