Ed Orgeron has spent 27 years coaching football, but until this spring he had never directed a 5-2 defense. Now he's learning on the fly and loving it.
New linebackers coach Mike Ekeler is learning the Trojans' new 5-2 defensive alignment while he's fitting into a new program.
Clancy Pendergast's aggressive approach is a marked contrast for former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's strategy, which could be a very good thing for USC.
Junior linebacker Hayes Pullard is looking forward to playing a more aggressive defensive style under new coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
Now that USC has a defensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin has the offseason to finish recruiting, figure out play-calling and bring a physical mentality back to the Trojans.
With six defensive recruits visiting next week, it's crucial for USC and Lane Kiffin to name a defensive coordinator as soon as possible.