New Opportunities for USC Defense

Spurrier spoke with the media on Thursday and noted the South Carolina defense has a lot to offer.

For South Carolina’s defense, it’s not so much as looking to prove the tabloids wrong. It’s more of an opportunity to showcase its talent.

Head coach Steve Spurrier met with the media today and spoke about the upcoming season. With his Gamecock golf-gear on, the Old Ball Coach took the podium seeming very excited and ready for the upcoming 2014 season.

South Carolina’s defense has obviously been a big question on the minds of a lot of people, but according to defensive tackle J.T. Surratt at SEC Media Days that won’t be an issue.

Spurrier also weighed in on the subject noting everyone must have forgotten about the defensive players but was reassuring that they would be more than ready to redeem themselves come fall. Here are just a few of the notables mentioned today that will play a big part in that opportunity.

Skai Moore: Coach Spurrier spoke very highly of Moore this afternoon. The sophomore came on the scene as a true freshman and dominated the field. The Cooper City, Fla.-native played in all 13 games of the 2013 season, making four starts. He led the team in tackles with 56, and Phil Steele has the 6-foot-2, 213 pound all-star listed in the 2014 projected lineup as a WLB.

The Dixon Brothers: If they are any good at music, they could definitely have a promising band name. Gerald Dixon and Gerald Dixon, Jr. are actually half-brothers, and their father is a former Gamecock. Standing at 6-foot-2, 274 pounds Gerald Dixon is a fourth-year sophomore listed at defensive end, who is a named starter this fall. Last season, the Rock Hill-native played in all 13-games, with one start. His brother, Gerald Dixon, Jr. is listed as a junior defensive tackle and played in 12-games last year. Last year, Dixon Jr. nailed 18 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.

Phillip Dukes: Listed in the preseason depth chart behind Surratt, Dukes is noted as a defensive tackle and will play a big role this season. The Manning, SC-native has played in 18 games over the past two season, with one start. A fourth year junior, Dukes made an appearance in all 13 games last season and notched 14 tackles. will keep you updated on South Carolina’s 2014 football season.

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