This will be the Gamecock’s second-straight matchup against a top 10 team. However, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp and his players are prepared for the challenge.
Two-headed Monster Under Center
Muschamp says his team respects the talent of both players and is ready to face both signal callers.
“I don’t see a lot of difference (between the two quarterbacks) when they’re in the ball game,” he said. “Dan calls throws with Emory in the game; he throws the ball extremely well. I don’t see a lot of change. You saw Trask…against LSU scramble for a couple critical third down situations to extend drives. I don’t see a lot of difference in the play calling.”
Emory Jones was billed as the #Gators future at QB. Kyle Trask waited seven years for a start.
Somehow Dan Mullen has gotten them to co-exist in a productive two-QB system. Guess when you've got Chris Leak and Tim Tebow as an example it helps – https://t.co/2dxk5TNDWt pic.twitter.com/qcqIIrZuaE
— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) October 16, 2019
Challenge for South Carolina on Defense
While South Carolina’s game plan against Florida won’t change much based on which quarterback is playing, that doesn’t mean the Gamecocks won’t be challenged on defense.
Muschamp anticipates a solid offensive attack from coach Mullen.
“I think Dan looks at things from a defensive perspective and what gives defenses problems,” he said. “He makes adjustments game week and he makes adjustments game day that he feels like gives you issues defensively…he obviously sees the big picture and does a really good job.”
South Carolina just had its best defensive performance against Georgia last weekend, however. The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs to 17 points, and sophomore defensive back Israel Makuamu picked off Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm three times.
Jake Fromm PICK-6. First INT of the season.
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 12, 2019
This is the 40th meeting between South Carolina and Florida. The series, which the Gators lead 27-9-3, dates back to 1911.
After this Saturday’s matchup, South Carolina will travel to Tennessee (2-4) to play the Volunteers on Oct. 26 at 4.
Florida will take a break after this weekend for their second of three bye weeks this season. The Gators’ next opponent is No. 10 Georgia on Nov. 2.