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South Carolina assistants describe Ellis Johnson

Steve Spurrier calls Ellis Johnson, “the best defensive coordinator in America.”

Johnson, who enters his third season at South Carolina, certainly shares his own unique style.

Johnson told The Post and Courier, "To me, I'm a glass half-empty (person). If the glass is half-full, somebody else has to fix the other empty part or maybe it won't get fixed. You know, coaches are made to find problems and fix them.” Johnson said.

South Carolina assistant Lorenzo Ward says,"He's not a friend of yours, as far as player-coach relationship. That doesn't mean he doesn't care about the players, but he's demanding. He wants things done the right way, all the time. I think that's what separates him from other coordinators that aren't as demanding. It's all about respect. He gives them respect. They're going to respect him. His voice demands respect.”

Special teams coordinator / strong safeties coach Shane Beamer says, “He's not the most positive guy in the world, in a lot of ways. But our players need that sometimes, too. He keeps things in perspective. He does a nice job of constantly coaching, never letting them feel like they've made it or arrived or got all the answers.” 

South Carolina hosts Southern Miss on Thursday night. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm EST on ESPN.