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South Carolina’s Pass Rush is Ridiculous


South Carolina comes to Lexington as the fifth-best pass rushing team in the nation. The Gamecocks’ defensive line has gotten home 15 times in their first four games, an outstanding number to begin the season with. That’s almost four sacks a game, letting you know the Gamecock defense is relentless in their efforts to get to the opposing quarterback. But it gets more impressive. USC has only blitzed two times this season, in achieving that sack total. TWO.  Basically, the old ball coach knows he can get to the quarterback in either a three or four-man front and is calling defenses accordingly. USC’s beat writer, Darryl Slater, recently talked to USC’s defensive line coach, Brad Lawing about the lack of blitzes, and here’s what he had to say:

Because USC’s front four has been so good this season — with Sutton and Fordham playing in the rabbits package — the Gamecocks haven’t had to blitz often.

“Let me define blitz,” Lawing said. “We’ve only blitzed twice this year. A blitz is an overload. We blitzed once against Vanderbilt and I think we did once against UAB. When you bring five people, that’s a pressure. Six is a pressure. Sometimes seven is a pressure. A blitz is a true overload. We’ve only blitzed twice.

As a football nerd, I found this to be a truly outstanding feat. Even with losing such a dynamic pass rusher like Melvin Ingram, USC’s pass rush has not missed a beat. What’s more impressive is they aren’t really blitzing linebackers during all of this, they are dropping them. Passing rushing is the most taxing thing to do all game, and for these guys to do with no added pressure is extremely impressive. For Kentucky to be successful on Saturday, the offensive line has to play maybe its best game of the season.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

13 Comments for South Carolina’s Pass Rush is Ridiculous

  1. barn
    8:22 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    left off the e

  2. Waterboy
    8:30 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. carnifex
    8:44 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    That earlier posting about us being 102 in the nation? It’s gonna be worse by Sunday. I really wish we had LSU and ‘bama on the schedule, I’ve never seen a train wreck before.

  4. carnifex
    8:46 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I should add that I once worked with some guys from Denmark. They kept wishing to see a tornado…it’s like that.

  5. scct
    8:49 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink


  6. d
    9:47 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    joker phillips has to be the worst coach in the ncaa. has to be. there’s no other way around it.

  7. Rae
    9:48 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    3. I have. Not pretty, especially when you are watching children before church. The woman in her car survived though, so there’s the bright spot. But seriously, you wouldn’t want your kids seeing it.

    Maybe UK football will be like the phoenix.

  8. Yab
    10:17 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    The Freek never fails with his gif’s. His stuff needs to become a fixture on this site.

  9. 123abc
    11:02 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    what joker needs to do is put 2 half backs out at once one being newton (he can pass it every now and then) but manly to run and to confuse the (D) that would open up some awesome play action passes to (witch Smith seems to be OK at…’ some one help me get this to joker it could help a lot

  10. Yeah
    2:47 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe our coaches could watch their defense and actually see what a real defense looks like.

  11. Beavis
    7:04 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    All playing two backs will do is get Newton hurt. I like Smith a QB but the problem with him is the defense knows where to find him. Will not be pretty this weekend.

  12. TAXman
    7:46 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    123abc i love your enthusiasm for your offensive gameplan that will turn this team around, as i have seen it posted numerous times. But, there is a reason why you aren’t a coach, just like there’s a reason that i’m not a lawyer.

  13. RealCatsFan
    9:38 am September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like a second consecutive weekend where UK will not sniff the end zone.