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  1. Trojans focusing on generating explosive plays

    Garry Paskwietz

    Steve Sarkisian is emphasizing explosive plays as a key element of focus for the USC Trojans; getting more of them on offense and not allowing as many of them on defense. The USC defense gave up touchdown passes of 77, 73 and 46 yards on Saturday...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  2. USC Grades: Defense stifles Mannion

    Arash Markazi

    The USC Trojans had to wait two weeks to get back onto the field after their embarrassing upset loss to Boston College. They also had to wait a month to return to the Coliseum after opening up the season four weeks ago against Fresno State. It's ...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  3. USC notebook

    Garry Paskwietz

    Much has been made about the problems the USC defense had with a read-option quarterback against Boston College, but those issues won't be in play against Oregon State on Saturday. Sean Mannion is a talented quarterback for the Beavers who can do ...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  4. USC Trojans practice report

    Johnny Curren

    The Trojans took part in another physical, full-pads practice session in the blistering Southern California heat on Wednesday. For the second consecutive day, it featured plenty of 11-on-11 work with the No.1 offense going against the No. 1 defense, ...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  5. It's no surprise Trojans' defense struggled

    Steve Bisheff

    If USC's sudden defensive breakdown after three games seems shocking, it shouldn't be. Not if you carefully studied Steve Sarkisian's coaching resume. Not if you observe him on the practice field, where he spends almost 95 percent of his time with...

    Blog | September 14, 2014
  6. USC position-by-position preview: defense

    Johnny Curren

    Set to play in a new scheme put in place by first-year USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, here's a position-by-position glance at how the Trojans look on defense as they inch closer and closer toward the team's season opener. Defensive line ...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  7. USC practice report

    Garry Paskwietz and Johnny Curren

    The Trojans held the first morning practice of "two-a-days" on Sunday morning with a spirited goal-line and short-yardage drill in full pads. The defense had a solid fourth-down stop by the line to keep the offense out of the end zone early, but C...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  8. USC roundtable: Impact, battles and more

    Garry Paskwietz, Johnny Curren and Greg Katz

    The WeAreSC staffers discuss various topics related to the opening of USC Trojans fall camp practices next Monday. Who will have the biggest camp impact? (offense/defense) Garry Paskwietz: Steve Sarkisian says this will be a physical run-first ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  9. Roundtable: Summer workouts

    WeAreSC staff

    WeAreSC staffers look back on the USC summer workouts. One player who stood out (offense/defense) Garry Paskwietz: Running back Buck Allen on offense. The first thing you notice about Allen is how much he has bulked up in the upper body over th...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  10. 10 players the Trojans can't afford to lose

    Greg Katz

    LOS ANGELES -- With the recent season-ending ACL injury to Kenny Bigelow, a talented redshirt freshman defensive tackle, it makes a USC Trojans fan ponder which players on offense and defense head coach Steve Sarkisian cannot afford to lose? Here ...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  11. What we learned: USC spring game

    Garry Paskwietz

    Here are four things that stood out from USC's spring game on Saturday at the Coliseum. 1. Defensive pressure: With a lack of live tackling in spring drills, the defense rarely had a chance to let loose. When that opportunity came in the spring ga...

    Blog | April 20, 2014
  12. Defense dominates USC spring game

    Garry Paskwietz

    USC fans showed up at the Coliseum on Saturday for the annual spring game hoping to see the new up-tempo offense on full display but were instead treated to an old-fashioned showing of bend-but-don't-break defense. Using a modified scoring system...

    Blog | April 19, 2014
  13. USC defense still a work in progress

    Garry Paskwietz

    As the Trojans move into the fourth week of spring ball drills, the coaches are still searching to balance the desire for physical play with the need to keep players healthy on a reduced roster. When Steve Sarkisian set the agenda for spring ball...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  14. Pullard, defense making smooth transition

    Johnny Curren

    Hayes Pullard has learned a thing or two about dealing with change in his time at USC. A fifth-year senior with 39 starts and 282 career tackles, he's playing in the third defensive system in as many years for the Trojans. Yet to the 6-foot-1, 230...

    Blog | April 04, 2014
  15. Offense shines on Day 2

    Johnnie Curren

    After the defense stood out in the team's first practice session under Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday, the new USC head coach said the offense stole the show on Day 2 of the Trojans' spring practice. "I thought the offense created some explosive plays...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  16. Find some time for the defense

    Steve Bisheff

    The first practice was on speed dial. The tempo was frenetic. The energy was palpable. The Steve Sarkisian Era opened in a blur with the new head coach happily immersed in the middle of his revolutionary -- for USC, at least -- no-huddle offense, ...

    Blog | March 12, 2014