There were 34 Pac-12 players selected during the NFL draft, but there will be more than twice that many rookies in NFL training camps this summer. Shortly after the draft ended, the dominoes started falling and those who went undrafted started signing free-agent contracts.
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.
Demetrius Wright's first three years at USC didn't quite go as planned. Arriving as a highly touted safety prospect from Corona (Calif.) in the class of 2010, he found himself buried on the depth chart from the get-go.
As the Trojans continue to battle injuries while they prepare for the final stretch of the 2013 season, here are 5 players who have stepped up when called upon due to injuries to other players at their position.
about 449 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
Some selected quotes from USC head coach Ed Orgeron's Sunday night conference call following the Trojans' 31-14 victory over Oregon State. Orgeron on the improved play of the USC secondary: "I think we learned a big lesson at Arizona State in giving up the deep ball, and Clancy [Pendergast] made some great adjustments in the secondary.
With three games under his belt as the interim coach of the Trojans, Ed Orgeron is continuing to put his stamp on the USC football program. The Trojans sit at 2-1 on Orgeron's watch, and it has certainly been an interesting ride.
about 456 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
The USC defense is off to a strong start in 2013, but its biggest test of the young season awaits on Saturday in the form of Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, a talented junior who has put up huge numbers in the Aggies spread offense.
about 497 days ago | Garry Paskweitz | USC Trojans
One of the most compelling stats from the Boston College game for the USC offense is the fact that the Trojans were able to achieve such good balance on a day when they put up over 500 yards of total offense.
about 498 days ago | Garry Paskwietz | USC Trojans
LOS ANGELES -- With USC's 2013 season opener at Hawaii just a handful of tropical sunsets away, all conversation regarding the inexperienced Trojans secondary seems as guarded as King Kamehameha's Palace.