Part of the adjustment could be due to the emergence of Crozier, who lines up in the slot. With 17 catches for 168 yards and three scores, Crozier had given Grier a much-welcomed third option downfield, a development that Mays has looked forward to watching since the out-of-season practice period in June.
"We've had talented receivers before. We had (New England Patriot rookie Aaron) Dobson and (Moe) Makhene on the field at the same time back in 2008, and we've had good receivers," Mays said. "I just don't know if we've had this many guys we could go to at the same time."
Forrest said he believes the addition of Crozier to the lineup has made the SC offense more efficient.
"I think it spreads the field more, and it gives the defense a harder task to defend," he said. "It opens up more pass plays."
Grier has completed 57-of-94 passes (60.6 percent) for 750 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He has thrown for 2,299 yards since taking over as SC's top quarterback in the second half against Capital almost one year ago. He has averaged 229.9 passing yards per game since leading SC to a come-from-behind, 20-17 win over the Cougars at University of Charleston Stadium.
Hampton has also enjoyed the benefits of a third receiving option for his team, but said that when it comes to Friday he is looking forward more to playing his role at cornerback.
"I think that's going to be a challenge, to keep their guys covered. That's what coach has really stressed this week is that we have to stick with our man," Hampton said. "Playing offense is fun, but I kind of like playing the role of the shutdown corner more."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday at South Charleston High School.
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