#Gamecocks get a boost on defense with Johnson and Pickens returning

Zacch Pickens and Brad Johnson say that they will return for the 2022 season with the Gamecocks (Gamecock Athletics)

The momentum from USC’s bowl win over North Carolina continued on Monday as the Gamecocks learned that two of their top defensive players will be returning for the 2022 season. Linebacker Brad Johnson and defensive lineman Zacch Pickens each announced on social media that they’ll play another season in Columbia.

Johnson recorded 74 tackles this past season with 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.

Pickens, who was named the most improved defensive player during the spring, registered 38 tackles, five for loss with four sacks.

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