USC cornerback T.J. Bryant, who has not played in a game this season and has not suited up for the past two, will redshirt this season, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday.
"We're trying to redshirt T.J. so he can improve," Kiffin said.
It's an unusual move. Bryant is a senior, and the vast majority of redshirt seasons come in the player's first year on campus. A select few, like USC receiver De'Von Flournoy, redshirt their sophomore years, but it's very abnormal to redshirt a senior season.
But the Trojans have at least five and maybe six cornerbacks ahead of Bryant on the depth chart right now. Redshirt freshman Anthony Brown and juco transfer Isiah Wiley have jumped in front of him this year.
Bryant, a Tallahassee, Fla. native, was a key backup at cornerback in 2008 and 2009 under former coach Pete Carroll before playing in only four games as a junior in 2010.
He has 32 tackles in his USC career.