Here's a look at some of the major offseason storylines for a USC linebacker corps that, under the direction of a new position coach in Peter Sirmon, performed at a high level this spring as a key piece of the puzzle in defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's 3-4 multiple-front scheme.
Determined to find a greater level of success against those uptempo, spread offenses that have shredded USC in recent years, Clancy Pendergast was brought in this past offseason by Lane Kiffin to replace his father, Monte Kiffin, as the team's defensive coordinator.
The Trojans arrived home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning in a good position. Coming off a satisfying 49-27 victory over Colorado, USC extended its win streak to five games and an overall 6-1 record under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
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Back in the spring, the performance of Anthony Sarao was one of the major talking points of the March and April workouts. Splitting time with Lamar Dawson in a heated competition at WILL linebacker, he was more than holding his own.
LOS ANGELES -- A look at the positives and negatives from USC's thrilling 20-17 victory over No. 4 Stanford on Saturday. Three up 1. Andre Heidari Having nearly lost his kicking job earlier in the season and having a less-than-memorable outing last weekend against California, Heidari's fortunes appeared to be spiraling downward when his PAT attempt sailed wide right in the first quarter against Stanford.
With fall camp now in the books, and the Trojans set to open the 2013 season at Hawaii this Thursday, there's a heightened sense of excitement running through the team. It was evident in the demeanor of the players leaving Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field on late Sunday afternoon following practice.
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.
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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.
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