Baucham bounces back 

March, 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- As a senior at West Torrance High School, Brian Baucham won the 2008 California state meet in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. During his USC career, avoiding obstacles has proved slightly more difficult.

After redshirting his first year at USC, Baucham appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman before abrasions he suffered in a motorcycle accident forced him out of action for three games. He then missed three additional games due to a sprained ankle and toe. He pitched in as a redshirt sophomore to the tune of 20 tackles and two pass deflections, and was set to compete for the starting cornerback position opposite Nickell Robey as redshirt junior in 2011. But academic ineligibility forced him to miss the season and plummet down the position's pecking order.

"It was a struggle in my mindset," Baucham said of the ups and downs of injury and adjusting to a new coaching regime. "I'm an independent kind of guy, but it was learning that we're all a family out here. After I got that mentality in my head -- that they're here to help me and not push me back -- it's excelling now, like an airplane taking off."