There's definite reason for optimism for first-year USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox heading into spring ball. After all, he inherits some key pieces from a unit that finished the 2013 campaign ranked No.
When the 2013 season opened last August, there was a tremendous amount of angst that the USC secondary would have so many holes, it would resemble Swiss cheese. However, the Cardinal and Gold secondary surprised many by finishing second in the Pac-12 in pass defense.
Here are some selected quotes from USC head coach Lane Kiffin's Sunday night conference call after the Trojans' 30-13 victory over Hawaii. On the USC offense against Hawaii: "I didn't feel very good about our passing game, and there were really a couple of plays there that significantly changed the feeling about it.
As the Trojans enter the final week of fall camp, the team held a high-energy practice Monday with players sensing that game week is near. "I feel like we have things going in the right direction," USC coach Lane Kiffin said.
about 2254 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
The Trojans held the second scrimmage of fall camp Friday with a lot of attention being paid to the quarterback competition. Max Wittek got the start with the first unit today after Cody Kessler had started in the first scrimmage.
about 2257 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
The Trojans are at the midway point of fall camp and, with the injuries mounting, USC coach Lane Kiffin said the impact is being felt on the field. "We're starting to lose guys and it's affecting our ability to rotate guys as much as we want," Kiffin said.
about 2259 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
Saturday marked the opening of fall camp at USC, a marathon of a day for the players that started with early morning meetings and culminated in the team's first practice. But for sophomore cornerback Kevon Seymour, that 12-hour day still wasn't enough.