Bulletin board material, it’s what’s for breakfast.
For sophomore offensive lineman Ben Cleveland, it’s a reminder. Not only is the guarantee from Gurley on the walls but South Carolina’s hype video has been playing in the weight room all week and according to the 6-foot-6, 340-pound guard, it serves as motivation. He doesn’t necessarily need a reason to want to beat the Gamecocks more, it just helps him stay focused on outworking the opponent.
But, he, too has Smart’s mindset. The outside noise and talk isn’t what matters. It’s all about the game and the individual battles that have to be won.
“Yeah, it’s plastered all over the walls,” Cleveland said. “We see it one time and I want to feel like we let it sit in our hearts and we don’t really dwell on it. We know what we need to do.”
It’s all how you use it, I suppose, but all that talk about how Kirby doesn’t use outside chatter to get a team ready appears to be fake news. As long as it works, I’m cool with it.
In the meantime, judging from this, it doesn’t look like the Dawgs are giving Boom’s team much to work with in that department.