Key adjustments pay off

Going away from unsuccessful plays, schemes helped USC excel late in season

Updated: December 6, 2011, 11:02 AM ET
By Kyle Williams | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- Watching film of the USC Trojans in the second half of the season compared to the first half was like watching two different teams. With a starting lineup full of freshmen, first-time starters and underclassmen, it looked like the players needed five or six games to get comfortable playing with each other, as well as playing at a high level mentally and physically.

Not only did it take the players time to get comfortable, it looked like it took the coaching staff the same amount of time to evaluate their position groups and assess what they could and couldn't do on the field.

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