South Carolina coach Will Muschamp made it abundantly clear during his first press conference of spring practice that he doesn’t have much confidence in his safeties right now.
Muschamp was asked whether he might have struck a nerve among the safety group. In classic Muschamp style, the coach didn’t appear too worried about his players’ feelings.
“I don’t really care what they think,” Muschamp said, according to The State’s Josh Kendall. “The bottom line is they need to respond.”
The safeties seem to be taking it in stride and view it as Muschamp’s version of tough love.
“It makes it a little easier,” junior defensive back Chris Lammons said, per Kendall. “People think it would be harder because the head coach is on you, but he’s actually like a father figure to you, too.”
Muschamp will need his last line of defense to improve in 2016 to boost South Carolina’s passing defense, which ranked 50th in the nation a year ago in yards per game (212.4).