The USC Trojans return a wealth of talent on the defensive side of the ball for 2014 to give new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox plenty of weapons to work with this fall. One of the most exciting players to see back this season will be the team’s most dominant player in the secondary, Su’a Cravens. After making an immediate impact as a freshman in 2013, Cravens is poised to become a leader on what should be one of the best defenses in all of college football this fall.
Last year, the young strong safety wasted no time in making his presence felt as a true freshman. He recorded 53 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, to go along with four interceptions, second best on the team, and two forced fumbles. Cravens was an instant star in the USC secondary and he was still getting acclimated to the college game last year. With a full season under his belt, Cravens is now poised to show just how good he can be in 2014.
And he will have excellent support around him. Josh Shaw returns at one corner after getting over a leg injury that kept him out of spring practice. At the other corner, Kevon Seymour is set to start and build off his strong finish to the 2013 season when he hung tough against Davante Adams of the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Trojans will also boast one of the best front sevens in the Pac-12 this fall, allowing Cravens to roam free and make a huge impact.
It isn’t often that true freshman can step right in and produce at a high level but Su’a Cravens did just that in 2013. Now fully acclimated to the speed and physicality of the Pac-12, Cravens will take his game to a whole new level in 2014.