Lots of Trojan defensive talk with linebacker coach Joe Barry this week in the USCFootball.com War Room.
We also discuss the likely early enrollees from the JC ranks, dispel a myth about the Tampa-2 defense, reveal what happened to tailback Curtis McNeal and plenty more.
More details of what is inside:
The newest Army All-American Bowl selection is Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star linebacker Tre Madden. We talked to the future Trojan about the honor he received and his recent foot injury. Details in the War Room.
Early enrollees have been a hot topic on The Peristyle due to the docked scholarships from USC's sanctions. We talk about some of the JC prospects with potential to graduate early and join the Trojan class of 2010.
There has been some mystery regarding Hillsboro (Ore.) athlete Colt Lyerla and whether he has a scholarship offer from USC or not. Mystery solved in the War Room.
The Trojan defense has been improving every week. We picked the brain of linebacker coach Joe Barry to get his thoughts on how the defense is maturing and specifically how middle linebacker Devon Kennard is adjusting to his new position.
Ever heard of the Tampa-2? There has been plenty of discussion about this defensive philosophy Pete Carroll learned from his mentor and current USC defensive guru Monte Kiffin. We dispel at least one myth about this defense and its shortcomings inside the War Room.
Running back Curtis McNeal has been mysteriously absent so far this season. We have this close call story about Moody in the War Room.
We discuss some of the other problems that have arose due to the NCAA sanctions including the pending Pac-10 (12) championship game and donor support of the program.
Joe Barry did play ball at USC back in the day, but he spent the past 10 years as a coach in the NFL. He shares his thoughts about the adjustments he made, and is still making, coming back to college.
Plus plenty more!
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