November 7, 2007

Thind gets starting nod at left guard

South Carolina will start its six different offensive line combination this season when it faces Florida Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Redshirt junior Gurminder Thind, who played most of the second half of last Saturday's loss at Arkansas, will replace Seaver Brown at left guard, USC head coach Steve Spurrier announced after a two-hour workout late Wednesday afternoon.

"We'll give Gurminder his shot," Spurrier said.

Heath Batchelor will make his second start of the season at right guard. Both tackles (Jamon Meredith, Justin Sorensen) and center (William Brown) will remain the same. Those three linemen have started all 10 games this season.

USC practiced in mild conditions described by Spurrier as "good football weather." Temperatures at the end of practice were in the low 50's.

"Our guys had a little extra bounce in their step today," Spurrier said. "It's a little cool. Maybe those Florida guys will be a little cold. But it should be a beautiful night to play."

Thind will make his second start of the season and the fourth of his career when USC lines up against the defending national champions in a nationally televised encounter.

Thind, one of three Canadians on the roster, started the S.C. State game Sept. 15 but was hampered by a foot injury for several weeks before playing his way back into the rotation.

After missing three games, Thind reemerged to play 27 snaps in the North Carolina game. He did not play against Vanderbilt or Tennessee. Thind replaced Brown early in the third quarter against Arkansas and remained in the lineup for the duration of the game.

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