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The defensive secondary was the biggest weakness of the squad all season long last year. They gave up an average of 263 yards per game through the air—bad enough for 102nd in the country.
While USC is stacked in the defensive backfield, it's their production, rather than depth, that concerns me. Like the linebacker group, the Trojans are losing zero starters from last year in the defensive backfield—which is good, right?
This is the same group that gave up over 260 yards per game last season, but they can only get better, right? Only time will tell.
Nevertheless, the Trojans have plenty of bodies to cycle through back there if one man isn't producing the way he should.
T.J. McDonald is the undoubted leader of this defense and should have another stellar season as he's entering the year as one of the best safeties in college football.
Playing opposite of him will be Jawanza Starling who will look to improve upon his decent season as a first-year starter. Starling will likely split time with Demetrius Wright who, according to Pedro Moura of ESPN, was mentioned by Kiffin as having the best camp of any non-starter thus far
Nickell Robey will be the Trojan's No. 1 cornerback for the third consecutive year and should have little trouble locking down the opposing team's No. 1 receiver week in and week out.
The big question mark is on the opposite side of the field, where Isiah Wiley started most of the games last season. Wiley has been battling injuries this offseason which has opened up first-team snaps for others.
One unheralded player who could see limited playing time is walk-on cornerback William Tober. The San Clemente-native had a 76-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the Trojan's first scrimmage of fall camp. The walk-on won't see a lot of playing time, but could get some on a limited basis, as the coaching staff has expressed some confidence in Tober.
No matter who the starter is opposite of Robey, the entire unit must improve upon their underwhelming play last season if the Trojans hope to live up to all the hype.