USC Football 2012: Breaking Down the Trojans' Defense

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USC Football 2012: Breaking Down the Trojans' Defense
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Ever since quarterback Matt Barkley announced that he was returning to USC for his senior season, it seems all of the talk surrounding the Trojans is about how explosive the offense is going to be.

While it is true that the Trojans have the potential to have a dangerous, high-powered offense, the defense is becoming an overlooked unit.

To overlook a unit with as much talent and skill as this group has would be a giant mistake. Despite losing the defensive tackles and defensive end Nick Perry, the Trojans will bring back a majority of their defensive starters.

If the saying is true that defense wins championships, the Trojans look to be in a good position with this unit to go along with their offense.

Here is a breakdown of each area of the defense and what they bring to the table. Keep in mind, the starters are based on the end of spring depth chart.

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