September 12, 2007

Breaking down the USC Trojan defense

Nebraska Opponent Defensive Scouting Report

Who: Southern California Trojans
School Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
School Colors: Cardinal and Gold

Record: 1-0
National Ranking: 1
Conference: Pacific 10

Head Coach: Pete Carroll (Pacific 1973)
(In his seventh year at Southern Cal as a head coach; 66-12 record, 1-0 vs. Nebraska)
Defensive Coordinator: Nick Holt

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. (CDT)
Where: Memorial Stadium - Tom Osborne Field

TV: ABC
Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Southern Cal Leads 2-0-1
Base Defensive Formation: 4-3

On The Line: Senior nose tackle Sedrick Ellis (6-1, 305) and senior defensive end Lawrence Jackson (6-5, 270) are the two big playmakers up front for USC. Two other key contributors on the Trojan D-line are junior defensive end Kyle Moore (6-6, 260) and junior tackle Fili Moala (6-4, 295).

Linebackers: Wow! Three USC linebackers are potential All-America candidates - senior weakside linebacker Keith Rivers (6-3, 230), junior middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (6-3, 250) and junior strongside backer Brian Cushing (6-4, 240).

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