The Coach O Effect

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USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has earned a reputation as one of the nation's top position coaches by inspiring and instructing his unit to wreak havoc in the opponent's backfield. 

Upon returning to the program before the 2010 season, the defense has seen a year-by-year progression in the sack total culminating in the 45 sack campaign in 2012, which was the highest output since 2007.  Of the 45 sacks last season, the defensive line accounted for 38, which is actually more than the 32 from 2007, and the most production since 2003 (38.5) during Orgeron's first Trojan tenure.

In his first season, Morgan Breslin recorded 13 sacks, the most by a Trojan since Kenechi Udeze in 2003 (16.5).  Freshman All-American Leonard Williams accounted for 8 sacks, while George Uko (pictured) added 5 more. 

The disruptive trio returns in 2013 plus Antwaun Woods, who had 3 sacks last season, and Devon Kennard (4 career sacks) to form the likely starting fivesome in Clancy Pendergast's aggressive 5-2 scheme. 


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