There’s been a lot of discussion among USC fans this season about the lack of holding calls against the opponents’ offensive linemen when it comes to their “blocking” of the Gamecock defensive front. I agree that, at times, it has appeared Jadeveon Clowney and Melvin Ingram, in particular, have been put in various forms of choke holds as they’ve rushed the passer. But what do the facts really tell us? Well, you be the judge.
A review of all the play sheets in USC’s first ten games reveals the following….
USC’s opponents have been whistled for three holding calls in 656 plays, or one every 218 plays.
USC has been whistled for 12 holding calls in 685 plays, or one every 57 plays.
The Gamecock defensive front drew two holding penalties in its first two games. But for the final 21 plays of the Georgia game thru the first 69 plays of the Arkansas game, there were no holding calls to go in the Gamecocks’ favor. That’s a span of 465 defensive plays.