USC Football 2012: Trojans Defense Showing Fight Is Sign of Good Things to Come

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Safety T.J. McDonald #7 of the USC Trojans tackles running back Keith Payne #22 of the Virginia Cavaliers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Everyone and their brother is looking at USC and wondering how Silas Redd fits into their already supremely powerful offense. As Redd watch continues, the real issue for USC has been, and will be, their defense in 2012. They are an elite bunch of players with talent at every level, especially in the back seven. However, they have a bit of a depth issue, especially in the front four.

As the OC Register reports, the depth isn't that big of an issue, because the Trojans defense is giving their high-powered offense hell:

"They were getting frustrated, and that's good," safety T.J. McDonald said of the offensive players. "They need to get frustrated. It's not too often when you're going to have two 1,000-yard receivers, two 1,000-yard rushers and Matt Barkley at quarterback and get frustrated. They need that. For us to be able to do that, that's giving them a great look."

That's All-American safety T.J. McDonald talking about giving his offense a good look. The Trojans defense is doing more than just giving the offense a look—they're playing some good football themselves. Lane Kiffin, the head coach, is in the defense's corner:

"I think it was very important, especially with so many players in the front seven who haven't played too much," he said. "Even though I'm an offensive guy, I was rooting for the defense because we need that. We need to feel that we can play really, really good defense."

We all know that USC's offense is going to be among the nation's best. Now it seems their defense is slowly, quietly returning to prominence. In the back end, we know T.J. McDonald will hold things down. In the middle of the defense, the linebackers are all solid. Now, it seems the young guns up front are pushing to step up to the plate.

This is a team that wants to win a national title, and you can't do that without a defense. As the Trojans defense comes together, their national title hopes improve.

Silas Redd helped their running back issue, but the real ingredient to put them over the top is the defense growing together and being among the nation's best.