Interior D-line concerns for Kiffin 

April, 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- USC head coach Lane Kiffin said one of his biggest concerns coming out of spring ball was the depth on the interior of the defensive line.

Kiffin made it clear that he was talking about players outside of George Uko, who locked up the defensive tackle spot with flashes of dominant play this spring. When it comes to a starter at nose tackle or a dependable option behind Uko, that’s where things get pretty shaky.

The coaches tried Greg Townsend at the DT spot, but just as quickly moved him back out to end as a reserve to Devon Kennard. Walk-on Zack Kusnir ended the spring as the No. 2 DT on the depth chart but it stands to reason that either Christian Heyward -- who missed spring due to shoulder surgery -- or an incoming player such as Leonard Williams will eventually grab that spot.