November 27, 2014

USC defense getting amped up for rivalry weekend (AUDIO)

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

USC and Clemson will meet Saturday in Death Valley.

The University of South Carolina football team (6-5, 3-5 SEC) practiced Tuesday afternoon at the indoor facility, as rain enveloped the Columbia metropolitan area. The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s annual Palmetto Bowl against the Clemson Tigers (8-3, 6-2 ACC). Game time is set for noon ET at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward has to prepare his unit for two different types of quarterbacks that Clemson may use on Saturday. “You have to be concerned with (Deshaun) Watson because he can run the football,” said Ward. “Not that they won’t run it with (Cole) Stoudt. I think he’ll run the ball some too, but they’ll run it a lot more with Watson playing quarterback.” Ward said not knowing which quarterback would play will have no effect on their preparation this week. “We’ll prepare just like we’ve done in the past for an athletic quarterback and one that’s not so athletic. The game plan will be very similar.”

Despite not knowing which quarterback will take the bulk of the snaps, Ward has some familiarity with what the Tigers will try to do offensively. “Chad (Morris) has done a great job at Clemson,” said Ward. “His system is what’s in place. They’ll continue to run the system. Their plays are no different than what they did with the quarterback they had last year. It’s very, very similar.”

Ward’s unit has been very successful in recent meetings with Clemson. “The guys take pride in the state rivalry,” said Ward. “We try to execute better and create some turnovers that have helped us. We’ll try to do the same on Saturday. We’ll have to create some turnovers, especially because they’ve got a great defense. We’ve got to give our offense an opportunity with the football if we can.”

Ward confirmed that Brison Williams would start at one cornerback position, with Rico McWilliams sidelined for this contest with a concussion. Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith are working at the other cornerback spot this week in practice. Ward indicated that if the game were played today, Lammons would be the starter and hopes that

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [6:10]

AUDIO: Kirk Botkin [2:06]

 

Rivalry Week Rewind: Listen to Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney talk after the 2010 game (AUDIO)

It was a rough night for Dabo Swinney against the Gamecocks in 2010

It was a rough night for Dabo Swinney against the Gamecocks in 2010

This week we are going to recap the post game press conferences of each of the past five Clemson-Carolina games and let you hear what Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier said after the games.

In part two of our five part rewind series we take a listen to what both head coaches had to say after the Gamecocks, 29-7  win at Death Valley in 2010.  This gave USC its second straight win in the series. The next week the Gamecocks would go to Atlanta to face Auburn in the SEC title game.

Listen to Swinney and Spurrier below:

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney 2010 post USC

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier 2010 post Clemson

 

 

Talking Tuesday: Dabo says Watson day to day, preparing Stoudt to start (AUDIO)

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney got a look at Deshaun Watson and his injured knee in practice last night, albeit in a green jersey, and this afternoon he plans to see if Watson can turn it loose in practice and do the things necessary to beat USC Saturday in Death Valley.  At his Tuesday press conference, Swinney said they will take it day by day with Watson with the hope his knee will come around and he will be able to start, against the Gamecocks.  But as of Tuesday, the staff is preparing Cole Stoudt to be the starter.

Here are more of Swinney’s key comments as well as full audio from his presser:

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Talking Tuesday: Steve Spurrier talks about the Tigers (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier just finished up his press conference that previewed all things Clemson-Carolina. The Head Ball Coach is trying for a sixth straight win over his in-state rival.

Here are some of the highlights from his presser, including audio: [Read more…]

Rilvary Week Rewind: Listen to Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney talk after the 2009 game

DeVonte Holloman played a big role in the 2009 game. He is a graduate assistant for USC now.

DeVonte Holloman played a big role in the 2009 game. He is a graduate assistant for USC now.

This week we are going to recap the post game press conferences of each of the past five Clemson-Carolina games and let you hear what Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier said after the games.

Our fist segment is the 2009 game. USC won this one, 34-17 over #18 Clemson, starting the five game streak.

 

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