COLUMBIA, S.C. — Will Muschamp knows the type of nasty that’s required to play defensive back in the SEC.
A former walk-on safety at Georgia, he earned a scholarship by the spring of his redshirt freshman year before going on to be named a co-captain as a senior.
South Carolina cornerback Chris Lammons called it a “relief” to have a head coach who’s experienced an SEC battle as a player.
“Coach Muschamp, he’s a great coach and he understands the rules and how they change,” Lammons said. “He understands the physicality that you have to bring to the defense, on the back-end, as DBs.”
The junior from South Florida hasn’t made it through the first half in each of the Gamecocks last two games. In the first quarter against Tennessee, Lammons was ejected for fighting. A week later, in the second quarter against Missouri, he was disqualified for targeting.
After South Carolina upset Tennessee, Lammons posted an apology on Twitter.
“The receiver, he played dirty,” he said when asked about the ejection earlier this week.
“I was already away from the play. He grabbed me and it was just a mental mistake on my behalf, for throwing a punch. That’s illegal and I know that. It was just a mental mistake. Just the heat of the game got (to) me.”
Muschamp did not add any punishment for Lammons.
“He lost his composure against Tennessee and we had an unfortunate situation against Missouri,” Muschamp said. “Chris feels bad about it. I told him it’s an unfortunate situation. The (targeting) call was correct, but you’ve got to just continue to play the game. That’s part of it.”
And that’s what he’ll continue to do.
“When you’re on the field, you don’t think about helmet-to-helmet collisions, because we have (the) helmets on to protect our bodies,” Lammons said. “When you’re going for a tackle, you don’t think I’m going to make a helmet-to-helmet collision. You’re thinking about making a tackle, a physical tackle. Sometimes, it gets called.”