Another game, another inconsistent performance for the USC defense. At times the Gamecocks looked salty, and other times they looked lost. Gamecock fans are used to the defense forcing turnovers and three-and-outs, which they did Saturday against UCF. They are not, however, used to watching a their defensive unit allow a team to go 95 yards in three plays and 82 yards in two plays in a pair of fourth quarter drives, which did as well Saturday.
Steve Spurrier, who is never shy about calling out his defense, didn’t hold back after his team’s 28-25 win over UCF. “We’ll work on it,” Spurrier said. “I can assure you that we’ll have some new defenses. With what we have now, it is not working very well.”
It was a well known fact the Gamecocks were going to be breaking in some new players on defense this year. They are a much younger unit than they were a year ago. But defensive end Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t think the young guys are the problem.
“I think it’s some of the older guys to be honest,” Clowney said. ‘The younger guys are coming along great, just the older guys coming off what we did last year they think we are just going to walk on the field and just dominate teams. We ain’t the same team we was last year. That’s what we fail to realize. We don’t have the same guys behind us.”
Clowney said he wasn’t going to call out any individual players. He said the entire defensive line needs to play better. “We have to getter better up front,” he said.
Below we have the post game interview from Gamecock defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.