The USC football team finished the 2012 season ranked 7th and 8th in the polls, respectively, in large part due to having the 13th ranked scoring defense in the country, a defense led by defensive coordinator, Lorenzo Ward. Monday afternoon Ward joined Kornblut and Bill Gunter on “SportsTalk First Edition” on Sports Radio 560 TheTeam in Columbia to talk about his defense headed in to spring practice, which gets underway Tuesday, March 5th.
AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [9:32]
What would an interview concerning USC’s defense be without some Clowney talk? Phil gets that out of the way early. We ask his coach how the most popular defensive player in football will assimilate to his new position coach, Zeke Adams, if Clowney will become the leader of the D following so many departures, and if he ever really considered leaving early for the NFL.
Ward also explains how he plans on replacing a large amount of talent and experience from his vaunted 2012 defense, and even goes in-depth concerning a few spots that are bare, headed into the spring. Ward was aggressive last season, we find out if attrition will change his mindset headed into next season, and much more.