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PLAYERS: T.J. McDonald
The star-studded USC offense, led by senior quarterback Matt Barkley, will be the focus of considerable media attention this football season, but the much-maligned defense earned some headlines of its own last week, as cornerback Nickell Robey and safety T.J. McDonald were recognized on preseason watch lists for the Nagurski, Thorpe, and Bednarik awards. Senior safety T.J. McDonald (pictured) and junior cornerback Nickell Robey represent the USC Trojans on three preseason awards watch lists. A weak spot for USC in Lane Kiffin’s first two seasons as head coach, the defense should continue to improve in 2012, with Robey and McDonald providing stability and leadership in the secondary. McDonald, a senior captain, has 23 starts with the Trojans; Robey, a junior, has 24. Both players have six career interceptions and were first-team All-Pac-12 selections in 2011. Though they share interception totals, preseason accolades, and a penchant for mentoring the newest members of the USC defense...

USC Football Recruiting: Ramsey puts Trojans on top

When cornerback Jalen Ramsey committed to USC on Monday, the Trojans football program claimed the top spot on’s 2013 recruiting rankings. ( still has the Trojans at #2, behind Michigan.) Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is the 15th four- or five-star prospect to commit to USC’s 2013 class. Ramsey, a four-star cornerback from Tennessee, is the 15th player to commit...

Podcast: CBS Sports' columnist Gregg Doyel discusses his time with Lane Kiffin

Of every coach in college football, there might not be a single more divisive and controversial one than the man coaching the preseason No. 1 team in the country- USC’s Lane Kiffin. But according to someone who recently spent time with Kiffin, the same coach who is divisive and controversial may be the most misunderstood guy in the sport as well. To listen to the podcast on this...

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