During the offseason Lorenzo Ward said confidently that he thought the 2014 USC defense had a chance to be better than the ’13 unit. He seemed unconcerned about losing key cogs up front, like Jadeveon Clowney Chaz Sutton and Kelcy Quarles, and experience in his secondary, like Vic Hampton and Jimmy Legree. To help absorb the losses, Ward shifted to more 3-4 looks and was confident they would be fine. He was wrong. It didn’t take him long to figure that out, either.
“First game,” Ward said bluntly. “Yeah when [Texas A&M] put us in space and we didn’t react.”
Ward said the scheme is fine, personnel was the issue. He pointed out “help is on the way” and said he isn’t paying any mind to the speculation that Spurrier should make changes to the defensive staff.
Speaking of Spurrier, he stopped by to update the Gamecocks latest signees and reel off some fun facts about Shreveport.
USC is preparing to face Miami in the Duck Commander Bowl in Shreveport on December 27th.