Several members of USC’s defensive unit met with the media after today’s practice and while their focus is on the USF Bulls they haven’t forgotten how they were bullied by Clemson less than a month ago.
When asked, the players said that defeat still burns at them and they will use it as motivation thru the offseason and into next season.
Safety DJ Smith took it a bit further saying Clemson rubbed the defeat in their faces by calling late time outs so their players could come off the field to the applause of their fans.
Cornerback Jamarcus King, who was the victim of several big plays by Clemson receiver Mike Williams, said he’s learned from the experience and is using it to become a better player.
And Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who accused a Clemson player of using a racial slur prior to the game, said Tuesday he stands by those comments.
As for USF, the athleticism of the quarterback is a major concern for the defense and the players said their focus is on limiting his ability to run the ball and try to make him a passer.
This was the final media session with the Gamecocks prior to their arrival in Birmingham Monday. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday before breaking for the holiday.
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