Spring Storylines: Deep Safety

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The safety terminology is switched in Monte Kiffin's defense. 

T.J. McDonald would traditionally be labelled a strong safety since he plays closer to the line of scrimmage, but he is a free safety at USC.  So, the opening at strong safety is really the deep safety who spends more time in coverage and less time in the box.

With Tony Burnett locking down the second corner spot, three of the starters in the secondary are set with McDonald and Nickell Robey. 

Drew-Mac-Spring.JPGThe competition at deep safety features Marshall Jones, Drew McAllister (photo), Jawanza Starling and Demetrius Wright.  Starling was the starter last season before getting benched in favor of Jones.

McAllister is always an intriguing player given his ball hawking reputation, but he has battled a series of hip injuries, so he needs to prove he can stay healthy.

Wright is the wildcard candidate.  "Demetrius Wright has really flashed," Lane Kiffin praised.  "He's shown speed, the ability to hit, the ability to tackle.  When we get to the fall, I think he'll really push all those guys."

Here's an introduction to Wright, who will be a true sophomore this upcoming season.

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