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Fun 'N' Gun 2.0? South Carolina offense plans to go up-tempo

Dylan Thompson and South Carolina are looking to run the offense with 'a little more tempo.' (USATSI)
Dylan Thompson and South Carolina are looking to run the offense with 'a little more tempo.' (USATSI)

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Maybe Steve Spurrier's Fun 'N' Gun isn't a thing of the past.

With three consecutive 11-win seasons and several starters returning, South Carolina expects to run "a little more tempo" with the offense, offensive guard A.J. Cann said. Quarterback Dylan Thompson echoed that sentiment, adding the Gamecocks went "really fast" in spring ball.

"We like it," Cann said. "We can get down, set ready to go and catch a defense off guard."

The Gamecocks have won with the running game, which isn't exactly a departure from Spurrier's Florida days, though those Gators teams were known more for passing prowess.

Thompson, who has good arm strength, says though controlling the game on the ground will be critical, "I do think you'll see the ball in the air a little more" this year.

"I think we get in a rhythm and a flow like that," said Thompson about running no-huddle. "You just ahve to be careful. You don't want to have your defense on the field too long."

South Carolina ran 920 plays last year, good enough for seventh in the SEC. Five SEC teams ran at least 950 plays last year, more than the previous five seasons combined.

But the departure of several top quarterbacks and playmakers to the NFL draft could affect the plays-per-game numbers next season. That's no problem for the Gamecocks, who feel they have the experience to go faster.

"We have a good chemistry," Cann said.

The pace will hinge on Spurrier's in-game management, which Thompson said "is something that's cool to watch."

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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