USC defensive coordinator Todd Orlando has been highly praised since he was hired but one of his former players is not thrilled with his schemes.
Defensive lineman Malcolm Roach said the Longhorns’ 3-3-5 formation under Orlando last season limited the linemen because it focused on blitzes from the linebackers and safeties. Roach was happy Texas is switching to a 4-3 next season.
“I would have loved to be in a 4-3,” Roach told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think it’s a smart move. You have pass rushers out there, Taquon Graham, Marquez Bimage, Joe Ossai — guys that can get after the quarterback. You have to use those guys. That was the biggest thing that we got caught up in, not using our weapons to our full advantage. Now they brought in a new staff, giving those guys the opportunity to rush the passer and show what they have.
“I just feel (3-3-5) didn’t let us showcase our abilities the way we wanted to. But we understood why we were running it. I feel the 4-3 will help those guys to show their talents and more people will come out of Texas (to the NFL).”
Orlando has not said what formation USC will run next season. It’s hard to believe he would fail to utilize Drake Jackson properly but it’s worth keeping an eye on this in spring practices.