Countdown to kickoff: Hello, South Carolina 

August, 24, 2012
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GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman previews LSU matchup against South Carolina with Neil White of GoGamecocks.com.

Q: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has expressed a lot of confidence in quarterback Connor Shaw this offseason. What's the vibe around the Gamecocks' starter's abilities?

Both Spurrier and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus -- raved isn't the right word -- but they've really been happy with what he has done in camp. He was thrown into the fire last year after Stephen Garcia was kicked off the team, but he's got a better grasp of the playbook and better confidence in himself. He'll also have running back Marcus Lattimore in the backfield, so that's really going to help.
LSU's Talented Youth
LSU head coach Les Miles talks about the loss of talent to the NFL Draft, how he will replace quarterback Zach Mettenberger and his expectations for running back Leonard Fournette.
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