He said his team's summer workouts have been the best in his three years at South Carolina.
His incoming freshman class is ranked among the nation's top 10 recruiting classes.
Remember, South Carolina beat Tennessee and Florida two years ago before it lost five conference games, including four by a touchdown or less, last season.
Kentucky plays the host Gamecocks on Oct. 4 in a game that will be shown on ESPN. It could be a make-or-break game for both teams, but especially for the Wildcats since they will have already played Louisville and Arkansas.
For Kentucky to move up in the SEC, it has to be able to beat South Carolina. The problem is Spurrier looks to be making that more and more difficult to do.
Mercer County football.
The Titans now have a complete 10-game schedule (see Scorecard for area high school football schedules as well as college schedules of local interest).
Mercer completed its schedule by adding a game at Somerset on Aug. 31. Somerset will play at Mercer in 2008.
"We don't have the signed contract yet, but (Somerset) coach Jay Cobb has agreed to play because he needs a game also," said Mercer coach Marty Jaggers. "We will only have four home games this year, but next year we will have five.
"It has just been hard to get people to play us after we won the state championship last year. It was one state title, not 10 or 12. But at least we have our schedule set now."
The former Mercer County star never really takes a vacation from football.
McCloud, a sophomore running back at Western Kentucky, has been in Florida on vacation with his family and got to see Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. However, it wasn't all fun and sun.
"While we are here, we are still working. Me and Matthew (his younger brother) both get up and go to the gym to get a workout in before we go to the beach," McCloud said. "That's what you have to do to make sure you are ready for the season. Then you can lay on the beach and do the rest of that vacation stuff. But you can't get behind in your workouts."
McCloud will go into preseason training camp as Western's No. 1 running back.
"I need to be able to come out and be real consistent this year," McCloud said. "That's what our offense needs. I think the coaches are going to be counting on me pretty heavily this year. I think I proved last year that I can perform at this level. But now I just have to show I can do it on a consistent basis."