If It's Not Broken, Don't Fix It.

South Carolina (5-5) is looking for its next ‘W’ in the books to become bowl-eligible, and the Gamecocks are looking for South Alabama (6-4) to be that next ticket on Saturday at Williams-Brice. Taking a big win in The Swamp last weekend was a nice confidence booster, but it looks like the Gamecocks will be facing a challenge similar to last week’s.

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” said defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

Gamecock nation couldn’t have said it better.

Ward was obviously pleased about the performance of Skai Moore and Jonathan Walton against Florida. The switch-a-roo did its job and both of them are slated to start at the same spots.

“We had some good production from both of them in the Florida game. Hopefully we will have that production this Saturday.”

Overall, the defense is looking to build off last week’s performance against the Gators and take a win in the final home game of the season.

“I think (the players) understand now that if 11 people are trying to do the same thing – the enthusiasm, the hustle, and getting guys to the ball – if you do that, good things will happen. Not that they didn’t do it in the past, but I think (our players) understand we can do it, (we) can play (well). I think there was a little doubt after the way a couple of games ended, I think (last week) will give (our players) some momentum and confidence going into this ball game.”

Defensive end Gerald Dixon will be likely to not play this week due to an AC strain.

“He hasn’t practiced all week,” said defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “David Johnson and Bryson Allen-Williams will probably start at both ends. David and both Geralds, had better games for us up front last week.”

South Alabama sophomore quarterback Hunter Vaughn will be a challenge for South Carolina’s defense. The athletic QB can not only gain yards on the ground, but through the air as well.

“He’s an athletic quarterback that can throw it and can run it,” indicated Ward. “We play a lot of quarterbacks that can throw it and run the football. He is adding on to the rest of the guys we have played so far.”

South Alabama’s offense is pretty solid overall. Working both the pass and the run, USC will need to be prepared for either strategy on the field.

“They are a zone read team and they spread you out and throw the football,” said Ward. “They try to move the ball methodically down the field. They have some big receivers. (Wes Saxton), one of their better tight ends, is supposed to be back. They have some good skill players. They have a big back and a scoot back that can really cut.”


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