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Friday, October 5, 2012
Kiffin: Trojans mulling CB options

By Garry Paskwietz

USC coach Lane Kiffin could be looking to make some changes in the starting lineup at the cornerback spot currently manned by Torin Harris.

Lane Kiffin
USC coach Lane Kiffin still has not settled the cornerback position opposite Nickell Robey.
The Trojans have used Harris and Anthony Brown in that spot at various points this season -- along with reserves such as Brian Baucham and Kevon Seymour -- but opponents have continued to have success against whoever lines up opposite Nickell Robey.

During his media conference call on Friday night, Kiffin was asked if the Trojans were any closer to finding an answer for those cornerback struggles.

“No, we’re not,” the coach said. “We did play Kevon [Seymour] a little bit in there. We’ll look to play him more. He was out, missed some practice time in the early part of the week -- between the Cal game and this game. He’ll be back now, and we’ll look to play him some more in the coming game.

One of the options could be moving a player from another position. Sophomore Josh Shaw, the Florida transfer who is now a reserve safety, was a corner recruit coming out of high school and has seen some time at both DB spots for the Trojans in practice.

“We have discussed that,” Kiffin said of the possibility of a position switch. “That may be something we do this week. And if we did do it, it would be Josh Shaw.”

Shaw had previously indicated he would prefer to play corner if it was up to him. So far, Shaw has one interception and four tackles this season.

Another interesting option could be wide receiver Marqise Lee, who currently leads the nation in catches with 52. Lee was a talented defensive back in high school and many recruiting experts predicted that he would end up on the defensive side of the ball in college. Lee insisted at the time that he be given a shot on offense, and the rest is history. Now he is lobbying to see time on the other side of the ball.

“Marqise Lee is trying to play corner,” Kiffin said. “He saw me watching the defensive side of the film on the plane, and he continued to try to convince me that he can physically play all of the snaps on offense and on defense, and be physically fine.”