Keith Rivers and Thomas Williams: USC is LB-U

Kyle BunchSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2008

Forget Tailback-U. According to linebackers Keith Rivers and Thomas Williams, USC is the new LB-U.

Just take one look at 12-time Pro Bowler Junior Seau, two-time Pro Bowl, three-time Super Bowl Champ Willie McGinnest, or three-time Pro Bowler Lofa Tatupu. Not to mention the likes of Richard Wood, Jack Del Rio, and Chris Claiborne.

And now, with Rivers and Williams heading out to the NFL, and the beast Maualuga to follow in a year, USC looks like the spot to be for top LB-talent.

But as these two humble guys will tell you, it's not just about the raw's how you mold it. And USC LB Coach Ken Norton Jr., their "father away from home," has helped shape Tatupu, Rivers, Williams, and Maualuga into the players, and people, they are today.