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Will Muschamp: Being ‘multiple’ key to quality defense in SEC

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Will Muschamp continues to make defense an emphasis at South Carolina.

During an appearance on “The Cole Cubelic Show” on Wednesday, Muschamp discussed the importance of being able to adapt to varying offenses in the SEC.

“I think each week is a little different,” Muschamp said. “That’s the hardest thing about being a defensive coach right now is that you’re going to face some teams that are primarily run teams, you’re going to face some spread teams that are primarily throw teams, then you’re going to face your traditional Arkansas attack of more of a two-back flavor. It changes week to week and you really have four days to get ready for a game and that’s what makes it hard. You’ve got to be multiple enough defensively to handle different things.”

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“I always felt like defensive football is a lot like war,” Muschamp continued. “If you line up over and over again in the same spot eventually you’re going to get blown up. So you’ve got to be multiple enough, yet not to so much that your players are playing slow.”

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Muschamp also spoke of his relationship with defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, who he’s coached alongside since his tenure at Florida in 2011. Robinson had served as a defensive backs under Muschamp at Florida and Auburn before being named South Carolina’s defensive coordinator last offseason.

“I think it’s so important to be moving in the same direction philosophically,” Muschamp said. “He and I believe the same things defensively as far as what we want to be and certainly, do we have our differences? Sure. But that’s healthy, too. It’s healthy for a staff to have good disagreements on what you need to do as long as at the end of the day let’s agree to disagree and let’s move forward in one direction and that’s what we do a lot.”

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