November 9, 2007

Nix: Defense won't forget Arkansas nightmare

South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has made sure this week the number 541 is ingrained in the minds of USC's defensive players.

Why? That's how many rushing yards Arkansas compiled last week in USC's 48-36 loss to the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

Nix doesn't want his players to forget.

"Hopefully, it sticks in their (mind)," Nix said. "Hopefully, they won't ever have to experience something like that again. The way you keep that from happening is go out there and do the little things right and have al 11 guys on the same page. I hope it hurts enough that they don't ever want to see that again."

Florida presents unique challenges to a defense because of quarterback Tim Tebow's dual threat capabilities and the speed of Percy Harvin, who line up at both wide receiver and running back.

Tebow is Florida's leading rusher with 598 yards on 144 carries. He's also completed 67.7 percent of his passes. Harvin has 45 receptions to lead the Gators receivers.

"They get their playmaker the ball," Nix said. "They find different ways to get Harvin the ball. He catches it, he runs with it, he gets in the backfield. He does a lot of different things. Their offense is full of exciting plays. They move the ball around."

But Nix said he isn't as concerned with the Gators as he is with the ability of the Gamecock defense to stop Florida.

"It's like any other team. Our biggest challenge is play as well as we can and play better against the run," Nix said. "Last week we were awful. Hopefully, this week we'll play a whole lot better. We're going to have to if we're going to have a chance to win."

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