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  • Jericho@SC
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    I'm really not worried about the defense at all this year guys.

    Ozzy, I know the D-line is the most unproven unit to you, but personally it's the lack of depth at LB that concerns me the most.

    The D-Line will probably be the most talented we've seen under Pete Carroll. Griffen by all accounts has matured, and I'm excited to see if he finally puts it all together and becomes the All American at DE he's meant to be.

    Armond Armstead and Malik Jackson (who showed great flashes as a pass rusher during garbage time last year) will be very good at the other D-End spot. Not to mention, West Horton, Nick Perry and Devon Kennard will provide some serious depth.

    At tackle, you're looking at Christian Tupou who should be solid. On top of that Jurrell Casey will start to make strides towards becoming the next Mike Patterson at USC. Averell Spicer will be the most experienced as a senior, and he'll also provide solid run support. Watch out for Hebron Fangupo who will push for serious playing time at 330 lbs. DaJohn Harris and Derek Simmons should provide good depth.


    Our LB's are pretty interesting. On paper, Galippo is an even better prospect than Rey Maualuga was. He has better instincts, is a better tackler and superb in pass coverage. He'll be less spectacular but more stable and will give up less plays than Rey. Smith will be solid and Mike Morgan is a faster and stronger athlete than Kaluka Maiava was (just not as experienced). If these guys all stay healthy, USC will have one of the top 3 LB corps in the country again.

    The secondary will arguably be the best in the country ('SC or Florida... toss up)

    So I am very comfortable with our defense, and provided no serious injuries occur, I think we'll be one of the top defenses in the country again.

    As for the offense, I've read that the O-line has a chance to be the best in the country, with everyone returning. My biggest question mark is if 'SC can once again re-establish a nasty running game again. This is feel is the biggest thing 'SC has lacked since Leinart/Bush.... a dominating running game. I don't know if it's OL coaching, or a lack of bigger bulk on the OL, but we just haven't been able to run the ball down everyone's throats when the going gets tough. If 'SC can get that back, they will return to the National Championship. This will give 'SC a bread and butter attack to fall back on when they eventually struggle against a weaker opponent. Most importantly, it will take pressure off the new QB.

    Speaking of QB... is everyone else as excited about Matt Barkley as I am? Who knew the kid would be this good? I haven't seen an 'SC QB more NFL ready (not that he's NFL ready now, but closest to it than recent memory) in a while.

    I just hope that he matures fast and is able to beat out Corp either this year or early next year. Because everyone knows that when Pete locks on a veteran starter, it's almost impossible for the younger, more talented QB to win out (ala Sanchez/Booty). If Corp has a solid year this year, it wouldnt be beyond the realm of possibility for Barkley to sit until his senior year when Corp leaves (despite Barkley being the better player). I really hated seeing Sanchez wasted for 2 years while Booty was the starter. I don't want to see it happen to Barkley.

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  • Ozzy
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    Christian Tupou isn't gonna win the job at DT, but he'll share time with Jurrell Casey. Sniper, Mays will be (primarily) at SS this year. McKnight is not seriously trying to get PT at CB (he doesn't really understand zone coverages).

    Rhett Ellison will probably start over ayles (atleast in the beginning of the season). Malik jackson is not the starting DE opposite Griffin, that would be Armond Armstead.
    Well that would be wonderful if Mays is moved up closer, I was saying that last year because then if he is closer to the line of scrimmage he can potentially make more plays. And Pinkard can clearly be a fine FS with his coverage ability, not as fast or as intimidating as Mays but still should work out great. Mays moving up could make him even a better player and make him much more productive on the field.


    As for the DL, it is all a toss up in my book, even Griffin is not a staple, clearly talented but his run defense is quite weak and is not a dominating pass rusher yet.

    Rhett Ellison I do not know much about, assuming he is more of a blocking tight end?

    I wonder how Matt Kalil is developing, and sadly Tyron Smith might not see much time but maybe they can move Lewis to guard and Smith can be the other tackle opposite Brown. Still not a bad problem to have really.

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  • BRAVEHEART
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    Christian Tupou isn't gonna win the job at DT, but he'll share time with Jurrell Casey. Sniper, Mays will be (primarily) at SS this year. McKnight is not seriously trying to get PT at CB (he doesn't really understand zone coverages).

    Rhett Ellison will probably start over ayles (atleast in the beginning of the season). Malik jackson is not the starting DE opposite Griffin, that would be Armond Armstead.

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  • YAYareaRB
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    Originally posted by TACKLE View Post
    Is Corp going to be the starter for sure or is there a legit chance Barkley can start week 1?
    I think Corp has the job locked up for at least week 1. I want to see if the gameplan changes given Corp's abilities.

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  • TACKLE
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    Is Corp going to be the starter for sure or is there a legit chance Barkley can start week 1?

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  • YAYareaRB
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    Of course, you have Griffin on the D-Line. I think Christian will step up and be THE GUY on the interior.

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  • Ozzy
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    I thought I heard Mays was playing more of a SS role this year. Guess I was wrong.
    I would not mind that a bit ;)

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  • Sniper
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    I thought I heard Mays was playing more of a SS role this year. Guess I was wrong.

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  • Ozzy
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    I was thinking Pinkard is gonna get the start at SS. I wouldn't be too worried about the defense, they got the depth to reload and play solid, at the very least. I'm in love with the LBs. Galippo, Morgan, and Smith will emerge as one of the top LB groups next season. Bold, I know, but not too far off. They got talent.
    Yeah most likely, but I really liked what I saw out of Harris last year, but he might not see much time. Pinkard I am saying they could at least move around which could maybe get Harris on the field more. Still ultimately not a bad problem to have.

    Still question the defensive line a lot though, some decent players but really wondering who will step up.

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  • YAYareaRB
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    I was thinking Pinkard is gonna get the start at SS. I wouldn't be too worried about the defense, they got the depth to reload and play solid, at the very least. I'm in love with the LBs. Galippo, Morgan, and Smith will emerge as one of the top LB groups next season. Bold, I know, but not too far off. They got talent.

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