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Defense outshines USC's Heisman hopeful

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08:16 AM ET 04.16 | The Matt Barkley-led offense has some catching up to do. USC is supposed to contend for the national championship in fall. As spring practice came to a close Saturday, [Barkley] was asked if the team felt like a title contender. "Based on the way they came out," he said, pointing to the defense, "it kind of does." For the most part, the defense outplayed the offense during the spring game at the Coliseum. The majority of spring camp unfolded that way as well. ... [The defense] is deeper and more experienced than at any time since Lane Kiffin became coach in 2010. "I think we can do some special things this year," said senior cornerback Isiah Wiley, who broke up five passes Saturday.

The Orange County Register

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April 16, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Is that a bad thing? Defense wins championships, or at least that appears to be the prevailing philosophy.

April 16, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Isn't there some concern for the Trogan O-line?

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April 16, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Non story, defense is always ahead of the offense, and they are playing against themselves, does not mean a thing, much less such a strong defense, which it may or may not be, only time will tell. More than likely, not.

The story is defense "supposedly" being played by a "non-SEC" team.

April 16, 2012  08:50 AM ET

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Good one.....

I kid ::for some posters who can't tell the difference::

April 16, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAGood one.....I kid ::for some posters who can't tell the difference::

This was supposed to quote #5....effing FN

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April 16, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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That is why I said non story, they can not have a good d, they are not SEC. Just wanabes.

You buy too much popcorn this past weekend?

You are really stirring all the pots this am. LOL

April 16, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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You buy too much popcorn this past weekend?You are really stirring all the pots this am. LOL

and to think Van said I was the agitator.

April 16, 2012  09:27 AM ET

When did Monte Kiffin start looking like Bela Lugosi...?

April 16, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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When did Monte Kiffin start looking like Bela Lugosi...?

Around 1981 or so.

April 16, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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and to think Van said I was the agitator.

Van was thinking about a washing machine.

April 16, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Its bad luck to be picked number one in preseason polls. Just saying.

April 16, 2012  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Its bad luck to be picked number one in preseason polls. Just saying.

Also doesn't seem 100% justified considering possible depth issues. Somewhere from 3rd to 8th seems about right to me for USC pre-season, given that we didn't get to see them against a good bowl opponent (and they also didn't get the pre-bowl practices).

April 16, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Its bad luck to be picked number one in preseason polls. Just saying.

+1...it didn't work out too well for Zero U last year.

April 16, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Defense wins championships, or at least that appears to be the prevailing philosophy.

I agree!!!!! This is very good news for USC and their fans!!!!!!!

April 16, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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Isn't there some concern for the Trogan O-line?

I'm sure there is a little concern with Kalil leaving.

April 16, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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Non story, defense is always ahead of the offense, and they are playing against themselves, does not mean a thing, much less such a strong defense, which it may or may not be, only time will tell. More than likely, not.

This could be true, but isn't all articles on FN more or less a "Non story!!!!

 
April 16, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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The story is defense "supposedly" being played by a "non-SEC" team.

LOL, do you include Miss, Miss State, Kentucky, Vandy, Florida and Tennessee in your comment.

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