Swarming front seven 

September, 9, 2012
The Trojans might be having some defensive issues with coverage in the secondary, but there are no such concerns with the aggressive playmaking from the front seven.

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Debby Wong/US PresswireFreshman Leonard Williams bears down on Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.
Coming into the season there was a lot of angst about the inexperience and lack of depth in the front seven, an issue that was compounded by the opening game absences of regular starters Wes Horton (DE) and Lamar Dawson (MLB). Well, both Horton and Dawson played sparingly against Syracuse but neither did much. Instead it was the usual names such as Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard plus the second strong game in a row from Morgan Breslin.

You can’t understate how important Breslin has been to the USC d-line through these first two games. He has been a playmaker, very active, and in this game he had five solo tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. He also fought off a chip block and got his hands in the air to tip a pass that was eventually intercepted by Bailey. Breslin wasn’t the only d-lineman helping Bailey get picks either as George Uko provided tremendous pressure on the first Bailey interception.