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Secondary shaping up

by Garry Paskwietz

One of the keys for the USC defense to see improvement in 2015 is going to be the ability to get increased pressure from the front seven, and one of the biggest ways to help in that regard is an experienced secondary that will keep tight coverage in the back end of the defense.

There are two main reasons for optimism in the backfield to see that happen this year; one is the overall returning talent that went through some growing pains last year in the new defensive scheme, and the second is the fact that there is such a greater comfort level in that scheme between both players and coaches in defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s defense.

USC fans can expect to see corners Kevon Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson in plenty of man-to-man coverages this year, something the talented duo is more than ready for and which should help Wilcox be creative with the blitz packages he uses up front, particularly with versatile linebacker Su’a Cravens. That kind of creativity doesn’t work without talented cover men in the secondary, not only from Seymour and Jackson but with multiple corners and safeties as well.

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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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