As a unit, the Trojans' defense has pushed its way to being the No. 4 overall defense and the No. 2 in the nation against the run. USC linebacker Lamar Dawson says that kind of continued performance comes from great chemistry on the field.
"The energy is going, everybody is playing as a unit and we're just playing for each other," said Dawson. "We just can't wait to get back on the field again."
Last weekend against Utah State, Dawson had a season-high seven stops, which he attributes to USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
"Coach P, great defensive scheme and everybody doing a good job around me," said Dawson.
The Trojan defense has had to carry the USC squad for a while so far this season due to a poor offensive performance. Dawson says it's not so much frustrating to continue to carry the team, as it is just a part of his job.
"Sometimes that's just the way it is and we just got to pick it up and get better each week," said Dawson.
Although the USC defense has been the shining light for the program so far this year, Dawson still says there are things they want to improve on.
"Just stopping the runs and stopping the spread teams, that's just what we want to do," said Dawson.
The Trojans will take on Arizona State on Saturday in the desert, but before kick off, Dawson says he will continue to work on a few things himself.
"Just getting my reads better and my footwork, working on my footwork and my pass drops," said Dawson.