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USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast talks about preparing for ASU

For the Trojans to get their first Pac-12 win of the season the USC defense will have to slow down the potent Arizona State offense.

The USC Trojans return home this weekend trying to get back on track against Southern Division rival Arizona State. 

Three years ago today former head coach Lane Kiffin was fired at LAX upon his return from the embarrassing 62-41 loss to  Arizona State. Now the current USC coaching staff is under fire after starting 1-3 and it will likely take an inspired performance by the Trojan defense to take down the Sun Devils. USC's defense is currently 87th in the country in 3rd down conversions at 41% and 111th in 4th down conversions, allowing an astounding 78%. 

What does defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast have up he sleeve for ASU? Here are some notes from his media availability and full audio below: 

  • Areas to improve on? "We've got to be a lot more consistent. We have to do a better job of fitting the run and fitting the passes. There is a lot of things we can work on."
  • Comparing ASU this year to 2013: "They are very similar... They are very explosive, that is why their numbers are what they are."
  • How to get more pressure on the QB: "Hopefully we can get off blocks more at the line of scrimmage when there is some form of play-action. And when it's not play-action and drop back it goes past three steps and our guys need to win at the line of scrimmage. Then the coverage is tied into that as well."
  • Do you need to blitz more? "I don't know about that. Every game is a little bit different and regardless of what we do our guys got to win their match-ups."

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