COLUMBIA, SC - Missed tackles on defense and a lack of push up front on offense are two areas that will no doubt be emphasized this week in practice as USC prepares to host 2-0 East Carolina.
USC saw Mississippi State jump out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams says that deficit would not have been as large if the defense had not allowed the Bulldogs offense to benefit from poor fundaments on Carolina's part. As a result, the intensity at practice this week has been raised by the coaches.
"They definitely brought a lot more intensity to it," Allen-Williams said.
"I felt we brought a lot more intensity to it too, wanting to go out there and make the plays. It was disappointing seeing that we were there (in position to make a play) and we just didn't make them. So, a lot of guys are taking that personally. We are putting in a lot of pride in making the plays."
Pride on the offensive line has been injured after the USC offense rushed for just 34 yards against the Bulldogs.
Senior offensive tackle Mason Zandi from Chapin was especially honest in assessing how he performed.
"We had a few missed assignments," said Zandi.
" We had a couple of shifts in motion that we didn't take into account. As a fifth-year guy on the offensive line, I let the front five down in not letting everybody know what was going on."
When asked if taking ownership of mistakes was part of being a senior leader, Zandi took it beyond the football field.
"That's just part of being a man," he said.