Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/8/12
If there is a time to do a little experimenting, USC head coach Lane Kiffin is of the mindset that spring is the time to do it. He's certainly done his fair share of experimenting with the Trojans this spring, observing players at different positions. Some have stayed at their new spot, while others have gone back to where they played originally.One of Kiffin's experiments this spring is redshirt freshman defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. When spring began for the Trojans, Townsend Jr. was playing inside at defensive tackle. At the time, Kiffin thought it was the right fit, saying, "The game has changed, you're not going to deal with a lot of ISOs and powers from two-back formations. Everything is so spread out that, really, I think, you're going to continue to see that the big guy on the (defensive) line in this conference is going to diminish a little bit." He figured Townsend Jr. at 6-3, 275 pounds had a chance to be a good match at defensive tackle. However, the head coach has since had a change of heart. "It was one of those things with all these experiments that we're doing that we decided to get (Townsend Jr.) back outside after putting him inside," Kiffin said. "We're going to leave him outside and he's getting better each practice. He's getting more used to it." Townsend Jr., who played defensive end at Beverly Hills High School where he was a two-sport star as a member of the Normans' basketball team as well, was open to the move inside originally. He's not the least bit annoyed about Kiffin's experimentation and found positives through the process. "(After) starting me at tackle, it basically made me a little bit tougher to play (defensive) end," Townsend Jr. said. "The adjustment wasn't too hard. It was really simple and it kind of helped (me). "I just wanted to be a part of the team. It's a different feeling when you're making plays and you're part of the team. I just want to be one of those guys that the team feels like they can count on to make plays for them and I feel like that's what I'm becoming." Playing defensive end has its perks. His father, Greg Townsend Sr. was one of the most beloved Los Angeles Raiders, playing his home games in the venue Townsend Jr. now calls home as a Trojan. Senior, played 12 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Raiders. His last, in 1997, was in Oakland. He was an All-Pro four times and recorded 107.5 of his 109.5 career sacks in a Raider uniform, primarily as a defensive end. Dad frequents Trojans' practices and provides son with some tricks of the trade. "I studied (defensive) end with my dad, so I really know that technique really well," Townsend Jr. said. "He's out here watching me. He was one of the greats. He (lets me know) what I'm doing wrong on certain plays and I'm getting better learning from him. It's really motivation and it's helpful." Townsend Jr. redshirted last season and spent a lot of time watching former Trojan Nick Perry, who is expected to be a first round pick later this month in the NFL Draft. This season, after his abbreviated visit to defensive tackle, he returns to end behind Devon Kennard but is expected to see the field a lot during the fall. The experiment is over and he feels more at home.
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