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Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by RayGator, Sep 25, 2013.
SC wins 28-25
How many injuries did you guys have on defense? A MAC qb threw for almost 400 yards on you.
Jersey is a closet chickin fan. Every year, every game there is an excuse as to why they lost or are not playing up to their potential. And not to mention all the uncalled holding calls on Clowney and company.
Yep, the defense is not well-coached. Losing Lanning hurt them a lot given the strength of the D is the DL.
But it's hard for me to think of a team in the SEC with more injuries on offense at the skills positions than SC in recent years.
D should get better as should the team since they only have 4 or 5 seniors.
C'mon. Its UCF. USCe is supposed to be an elite team. If Florida escaped with a 3 point win, people would have a cow. Gamecocks have issues. They aren't all that...
With their inept offenses, you want to blame the DEFENSE? Go look at the HC and OC...
USC had a breakdown in secondary coverage late in the game that allowed for 2 big pass plays and 2 quick scoring drives by UCF. This seems to be a re-occuring theme regarding the USC defense where the LBs are involved in shallow coverage towards the middle of the field. Both big pass plays were on routes run towards the middle such as shallow post routes, where the exchange between the LBs and safeties were miscommunicated. It's expected in the early part of the season because USC's LB unit (including Spur) and safeties are fairly inexperienced. Brison Williams has experience but he played SS last season and was moved to Swearinger's former FS spot. J.J. Marcus and T.J. Gurley (who backed up Swearinger last season at FS) have been moved to SS this season.
2010 was the last season USC had such inexperience at these positions. Both projected LB starters Ronald Paulk and Shaq Wilson were hobbled entering the season, and their backups - both JUCOs - Tony Straughter and Josh Dickerson became starters. DaMario Jeffery was the starter at Spur to begin the season, but he was ineffective and was replaced by Antonio Allen versus Auburn. Longtime safety Chris Culliver was dealing with a shoulder issue that effected his ability to tackle, and he was switched with Akeem Auguste to CB and Auguste moved to FS. Culliver would later be lost on the season to complications with that shoulder, and Auguste would move back and Swearinger would take over at FS.
Once the two JUCO LBs settled in, and Culliver was lost which allowed Auguste to return to his more natural CB position, things settled down in the secondary. Allen was a natural fit at Spur while Jeffery was too cumbersome in coverage, and Swearinger quickly showed his potential. USC was able to hold 4 of it's final 5 opponents in 2010 to under 200 passing yds, when earlier it was averaging allowing 300+ passing ypg. USC still finished in the 90s nationally in passing defense, when it was typically a conference leader in that category....
IMO, there's a stark similarity between 2010 and this season with USC's passing defense. The lack of experience in many areas is causing inconsistencies and poor communication between the LBs, safeties, and CBs in coverage, and it's again causing receivers to get behind the coverage and accounting for big plays. USC had already allowed 3 70+ yd plays this season, due mostly to those kinds of gaffes. They had UCF with only 230 or so total offense 3-5 minutes into the 4th quarter, and were up 28-10 at that point, but then the break-downs made the game ugly. IMO as with 2010, they'll improve the rest of the way and their pass D will rise in the rankings...