Jeffery, Gurley will play together in 2010

Among some of the interesting nuggets coming out of South Carolina's first practice of the spring Thursday was the plan for receivers Alshon Jeffery and Tori Gurley to work together in the same formation.

Jeffery wasn't out there Thursday because he was held out of practice for violating the athletic department's class attendance policy. Jeffery will be back at practice when the Gamecocks return following spring break.

Last season, they weren't on the field together, but Gurley will move inside to slot receiver for some plays to get them both on the field at the same time next season.

You think South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia will be throwing a few jump balls with the 6-foot-5 Gurley and the 6-foot-4 Jeffery on the field at the same time?

Also, former fullback Pat DiMarco is working in a tight end/H-back role to get him more involved in the offense.

The Gamecocks went through most of practice Thursday without using an offensive huddle. The question that's being asked the most among the South Carolina fans is whether or not Steve Spurrier is going to call most of the plays next season. His son, Steve Spurrier Jr., has called the bulk of them the last two seasons.

Not that it really matters, but Spurrier Sr. and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus were telling the quarterbacks the plays on Thursday, but they were plays that had already been scripted before practice.

Defensively, it was a good start for tackles Ladi Ajiboye and Melvin Ingram up front. When the Gamecocks get everybody back healthy (Cliff Matthews and Travian Robertson), they have a chance to be really good in the defensive line. Sophomore defensive end Devin Taylor is another one to watch.