Thursday night USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward joined us live on the program for a summer school style check in on how things are progressing with his unit, with roughly 3 months remaining before the 2014 season gets underway.
Ward’s unit will have quite a different feel to it this upcoming season in more ways than one. The previous three seasons, opposing offenses were forced to know where Jadeveon Clowney was lurking with regularity. Clowney was the number one overall selection in May’s NFL draft and is not at Ward’s disposal to haunt the SEC anymore.
Furthermore, a lot of the offseason talk has concerned Ward’s desire to implement more snaps from the 3-4 formation.
Coach discussed with us in detail who he plans on stepping up for the USC defense in ’14 to replace the production of one of the greatest players in the program’s history, what the 3-4 set will look like, and how often he plans on using it, and also shed some light on who he would label as starters on his defense if the Gamecocks were to suit up tomorrow.