Core of freshmen bring back memories

Defense — it’s been a trademark of USC football. Sure, we always hear about Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Mike Williams, the high-powered offenses during those years when former USC coach Pete Carroll was around. Those Trojans’ teams boasted some of the most electrifying players in the nation. Though the Trojans sported one of the […]

USC defense struggling despite early optimism

It was impossible not to be optimistic about USC’s defense coming into this season. After all, the belief was that improvement was guaranteed — not because of a boost in experience, talent or coaching, but rather, because the 2011 defense couldn’t possibly be worse than the 2010 defense. Last season, USC gave up an average […]