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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Top performances of 2012: Morgan Breslin

By Ted Miller

We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.

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Who and against whom: End Morgan Breslin led a dominant USC effort on defense in a 27-9 win over California.

The numbers: Breslin had just six tackles, but 4.5 came for a loss, including 3.5 sacks for minus-22 yards.

A closer look: Breslin terrorized Cal's offensive tackles and Bears QB Zach Maynard in Week 4 -- the week after USC was upset by Stanford. Keep in mind that Maynard and the Bears were coming off a strong performance at Ohio State and, entering the game, seemed to be trending up. The Trojans ended that, holding Cal to just 250 total yards and 77 yards rushing. The Bears, unable to run, had to pass, and Breslin pinned his ears back and announced his presence with authority. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound JC transfer and former UCLA commitment only became the starter at defensive end because returning starter Devon Kennard had torn his chest muscle before the season began and was lost for the year. Breslin became the first USC player to get three sacks in a game since Rey Maualuga did it in the 2008 Rose Bowl against Illinois. Breslin would go on to rank second in the conference with 13 sacks.