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Get Fit with Fitz

During football season this year, Lexington Medical Center sponsored a promotion called “Get Fit with Fitz.” Fans could e-mail questions to Carolina Calls with Coach Spurrier about different health and injury issues concerning the Gamecocks which would be answered by an expert from the Lexington Medical Center. If a fan’s question was chosen to be asked on the show, they were entered into a drawing. The winner would receive the opportunity to get a personal workout session with South Carolina’ s Director of Football Strength and Conditioning Craig Fitzgerald. The winner, Bryan Mise of Columbia, recently had his workout at the weight rom in the Charles F. Crews Football Facility.  Here’s some photos and a brief Q&A with Bryan about his workout.

Spurs Up: What were you expecting before the workout?

Bryan: I really didn’t know what to expect, but I had heard that Coach Fitz would give me a good workout. All I wanted was to be inspired to get back in shape and start working out again. He definitely gave me the tools that I needed to get back in it.


Spurs Up: What do you think you got out of the workout?

Bryan: Coach Fitz showed me some exercises that I could do just about anywhere and at anytime. We worked on core training and some low impact weights. I will continue to use what he showed me to get into better shape. In fact, the workout was so good that I am still really sore. He put me through the ringer.


Spurs Up: What was the best part about it?

The best part of the workout had to be when I got to meet Cliff Matthews. He even asked me to spot for him while he was working out. When he first asked I thought that he was asking Coach Fitz and then I was like “You mean ME!?!?!” So I dropped everything and helped him out. He was really nice and went out of his way to make this experience very memorable for me. I hope to see him playing on Sundays.

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Kenny McKinley on Inside the Roost Tonight

Tune into “Inside the Roost” tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia.

Tonight’s show features former Gamecock wide receiver Kenny McKinley.  Football assistant coach Shane Beamer will also be on the show later to discuss the incoming 2010 class of Gamecocks.

You can listen live on www.1075thegame.com.

If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to roost@ispsports.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we’ll get it over.

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“Rice’s star keeps on rising” – The State

Joe Person of The State had a nice feature on former Gamecock Sidney Rice’s growth into one of the NFL’s top receivers this season. Click the link to read more.

And though it took a couple games to get acclimated, Favre figured out who was the most dependable target in a receiving corps that included rookie Percy Harvin. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rice, a starter on two state title-winning basketball teams at Gaffney, has caught at least six passes in nine of the Vikings’ last 12 games.

Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel said Rice’s confidence has soared with each reception.

“I think any time the ball goes up now, he thinks he’s going to come down with it,” Bevel said. “I think he kind of had that at the end of his career in college, then he came up his first couple years and was banged-up and some things were happening to him. But he’s playing lights out right now.”

“There are faster guys. There are taller guys. There are quicker guys,” Favre told USA Today after the Dallas game. “But the thing about Sidney is he wants to be good. It matters to him.”

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Kenny McKinley Featured in NFL Draft Book

Former Gamecock wide receiver Kenny McKinley will be featured in a book about the NFL Draft process titled “Draft Season” by Bobby Deren. McKinley was drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 Draft by the Denver Broncos. He appeared in 8 games for Denver before injuring his knee and being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 28. Here’s the official description of the book:

DRAFT SEASON is the thrilling story of four young football players as they prepare for the bewildering, multi-million dollar extravaganza that is the NFL Draft. Morgan Trent, Kenny McKinley, Frantz Joseph and Lydon Murtha come from different backgrounds, but are united in their determination to make it to the NFL. Once they have played their final down of college football, their eyes immediately turned toward the NFL Draft. DRAFT SEASON takes you inside the everyday battles each player endures as he tries to achieve his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL.

For more on Draft Season, visit the book’s website at www.DraftSeasonBook.com.

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Sidney Rice Highlights and NFL Network Feature

Former Gamecock Sidney Rice tied a NFL playoff record with 3 TD receptions against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Minnesota’s 34-3 win. Rice caught six passes for 141 yards. Here’s a look at some highlights from his day [Editor’s Note – The NFL doesn’t let me embed highlights so you’ll have to click the photo to see footage of Rice’s afternoon]:

After you check out what Rice did on Sunday, watch this great feature from the NFL Network about his journey to the pros and his close bond with his mother. Watch here or click the photo below:

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Watch Shawn Elliott Introduction Presser Free

Head Coach Steve Spurrier will have a press conference this afternoon at 4 p.m. to introduce new offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. You can watch the press conference live for free on Gamecock All-Access by clicking on this link. Click on the Live Events tab to access the press conference.

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Football Rankings/Combine Invites

Some of you may have seen this link making the rounds today, but an early look at next season’s top 25 has the Gamecocks ranked at No. 21. Here’s what Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News had to say about South Carolina:

21. South Carolina (7-6): Steve Spurrier always has a good defense. Next season, he should have the offense to match.

Wilner has four other SEC squads ranked in the top 25 – Alabama (No. 1), Arkansas (No. 12), Florida (No. 15), Tennessee (No. 18). The Gamecocks play all four of those teams, but only have to travel to Florida next year.

The NFL announced the invites for their annual combine from Feb. 24 to March 2 in Indianapolis. Two Gamecocks made the list – Eric Norwood and Darian Stewart.

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