Ross Cumming
    Ross  Cumming

    Graduate Assistant Coach (Defense)


    2013 USC Spring Football Outlook

    Spring ball begins March 5.

    Ross Cumming, a former standout special teams performer at USC, is in his third year as a Trojan graduate assistant. He joined the Trojan coaching staff in August of 2012 working with the special teams and linebackers. He spent 2013 with the outside linebackers (he served as the interim defensive line coach for the Las Vegas Bowl). He is working with the defense in 2014.

    In 2013, defensive end Leonard Williams was among 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award and was named an All-American first teamer and All-Pac-12 first teamer. Outside linebacker Devon Kennard was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Outside linebacker Charles Burks made the Pac-12 All-Academic first team.

    In 2012, punter Kyle Negrete was a finalist for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

    Originally a walk-on who earned a scholarship in 2010, the 26-year-old Cumming was a 4-year (2008-11) letterman at USC. He was a reserve linebacker and special teams player who as a 2011 senior also served as the backup fullback and worked some at tight end. He had 35 career tackles while appearing in 47 games. He had 3 tackles as a first-year freshman in 2008, then added 9 stops in 2009 and 8 in 2010. He made 15 tackles, returned a blocked punt 17 yards (at Oregon) and caught 2 passes for 16 yards (8.0 avg.) in 2011 while winning USC's Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

    He spent 2006 and 2007 at the Naval Academy Prep School, but did not play football because of an injury.

    He was a tight end and linebacker at Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.), where he made All-Serra League as a 2004 junior.

    He earned his bachelor's degree in public policy, management and planning at USC in 2012. He is working on his master's degree in communication management at USC.

    Born Sept. 28, 1987, he is single.


    BIRTHDAY: Sept. 28, 1987

    FAMILY: Single

    HIGH SCHOOL: Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, public policy, management and planning, USC, 2012

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

    USC, linebacker/fullback, 2008-11



    2012 USC Special Teams/Linebackers Assistant Sun

    2013 USC Outside Linebackers Assistant* Las Vegas

    *Interim defensive line coach for bowl game