USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward announced a change at linebacker and revealed the winners of a few contested position battles. Here’s the word from the Gamecocks official practice report Tuesday:
USC Thursday night gets the honor of hosting the first major college football game of the season, and the first ever game to be televised on the SEC Network.
Monday night Gamecock athletics director Ray Tanner joined us on SportsTalk to discuss the final preparations around Williams-Brice Stadium for the game.
Texas A&M’s high powered offense last season covered up the ugly fact that the Aggies had one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Aggies ranked 109th in total defense last season yielding 478 yards per game. They were 110th against the run (222 yards per game) and 88th in pass efficiency defense.
It’s a shame college football fans across the country missed out on the opportunity to watch Jadeveon Clowney chase after Johnny Manziel in at least one game. That would have been one of the storylines for Thursday night’s game if both had not opted for the NFL after last season.
USC’s work schedule this week has moved up to accommodate the Thursday night kickoff against Texas A&M, thus Steve Spurrier’s regular Tuesday news conference was held this afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.