While South Carolina’s offense failed meet lofty expectations, the Gamecocks defense in 2017 exceeded very modest projections.
Defensive Coordinator Travaris Robinson stopped short of calling himself satisfied with where the defense performed last year, but did sound pleased speaking after Saturday’s practice about the depth they created by playing more younger players in 2017.
One of the positions he concedes they didn’t develop well enough was the safety position, where the Gamecocks have just one player who played the position for them last year in Steven Montac. Aside from him, USC has two players converted from other positions in Jamyest Williams and Tavyn Jackson along with graduate transfer JT Ibe all trying to stabilize a glaring weakness spot in the secondary.
Robinson said he’s intrigued by seeing both freshmen Rick Sandidge and JJ Enagbare on the defensive line when the group puts on pads for the first time next week. Fellow freshman Josh Belk has yet to see the field, Robinson said, “He’s still going through his deal, still getting cleared and all that stuff. Physically, he’s good to go.”
To hear the only media availbility this Fall from Defensive Coordinator Travaris Robinson, click below:
South Carolina Defensive Coordinator Travaris Robinson
USC will hold closed practices on Sunday and Monday, with the next media availability coming after Monday morning’s workout.