Practice Notes: Ward to Call Game from Box

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward will be calling defense from the Coaches Box John Gruden did it. Heck, Ellis Johnson did it here, as well as now at Auburn. And it looks like Ward will box to the coaches booth as well.

Ward, who has been the defensive play caller at Carolina for 3 years now, made the announcement today after practice. He also noted that D.J. Smith would start his second game next week against Furman. Smith, a true freshmen, was playing well until a controversial targeting penalty ejected him from the game. Ward also noted that freshman cornerback Al Harris, Jr. would not be starting this game, and that Rico McWilliams would assume his duties, with a possibility of seeing Chris Lammons, the highly touted recruit from Plantation High School.

Look for the young defensive secondary to slowly roll up experience against Carolina’s small-school opponents to prepare themselves for bigger tilts later in the year.

South Carolina’s 45-38 loss to Kentucky over the weekend threw fans for a loop. Head coach Steve Spurrier was 20-1 as a head coach against the Wildcats, with one loss in 2010 at South Carolina.

The Gamecocks defense struggle to hold Kentucky, but tailback Mike Davis didn’t blame the D for losing the game.

“It’s not all the defense’s fault, it’s on the offense too. We had some three and outs where we should have kept the ball a little longer, so it’s not all defense, some of its on the offense too,” said Davis following the Kentucky match-up.

Sophomore linebacker Skai Moore tallied nine tackles to lead the Gamecocks in the contest; it’s his second highest mark on the year. Also, sophomore linebacker Jonathan Walton registered a career-high six tackles.

However, giving up three scores to Kentucky in the fourth, the USC defense has some work to do over the bye week.

GamecockPride.com will keep you posted on South Carolina in the bye week and the rest of the season.


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