USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott isn’t spending a lot of time patting his unit on the back for its efforts in the Gamecocks win over top-ranked Alabama last week. The line was able to open enough holes for Marcus Lattimore to rush for 93 yards and it only allowed one sack against the Tide. Not too bad against one of the top defenses in the country, right?
Well, Elliott says the performance wasn’t bad by any stretch, but to him, it was far from great.
You have to love Elliott’s always intense attitude. His unit still doesn’t have the same kind of talent as most of the upper echelon offensive lines in the SEC, but unlike years past he has them playing with effort and smarts. Elliott pointed out they didn’t have any major mental mistakes in the game against Alabama, no one missed an assignment. Sure, some missed a block or two, but assignment wise, they were in the right place. That is significant, especially for a unit that is known for whiffing on assignments at least a couple of times per game.
We’ve said since the summer that USC’s offensive success this year hinges on the play of the O-line. If Saturday is any indication, the Gamecocks offense could be in for a big year.