COLUMBIA, S.C. – Will Muschamp gave himself a scare midway through leading his first preseason camp as the head coach at South Carolina.
He stood in front of his team and asked any players with more than 12 starts in their career as a Gamecock to raise their hand. He counted six hands in the air, a jarring reminder of the volume of unknowns Muschamp has on a young, inexperienced roster that plays its first game Thursday night at Vanderbilt.
“I just feel like there’s so many unknowns on our football team,” Muschamp said in mid-August. “It increases anxiety for me because I don’t really know how these guys are going to respond.”
The Gamecocks have spent the past month cramming for this season, learning a new system from a new coaching staff and having situational work hammered home. Now the true test comes. Muschamp is ready to see how his players respond…