Turnovers: The Name of the Game

South Carolina (4-3,2-3 SEC) was busy preparing for No. 5/6 Auburn (5-1,2-1 SEC) this week at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks will make their way down to Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kick-off against the Tigers. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward met with the media after practice on Thursday afternoon to give a final update before heading out Friday for the game.

Lorenzo Ward knows his unit will need to slow down Auburn’s offense and running game heading into the contest Saturday.

"You have to be really sound on what you do on defense because they give you a lot of different formations, a lot of different shifting movement," said Ward. "You have to make sure you fit where you're supposed to fit based on the defense that's called to even have a chance. Then you still have to be physical.”

J.T. Surratt and Jonathan Walton will be back in the line-up, after being on the injured list this week. These two will be needed on Saturday night. Ward stated if the Gamecocks can perform like they did in Columbia against Georgia, USC might have a chance.

"Hopefully we can go and play the way we did against Georgia," said Ward. "If we play with that level of emotion and that level of enthusiasm, we'll have a chance. Hopefully we can get turnovers. We're going to have to get turnovers if we're going to win this ballgame."

Chris Moody and T.J. Gurley will start at free safety and Chaz Elder will follow Moody.

South Carolina will hold a short practice on Friday before making its way to Columbus, Georgia.

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