Commentary

OL answers questions emphatically

Thought to be USC's offensive weakness, the line molded into a Trojans strength

Updated: December 18, 2011, 1:26 PM ET
By Kyle Williams | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- The USC offensive line had some big holes to fill coming into the season after losing right tackle Tyron Smith, center Kris O'Dowd and guard/tackle Butch Lewis to the NFL. However, with the guidance from coaches, the leadership of an All-American and the camaraderie of the whole line, the Trojans offensive line started out as a question but finished the season as a nicely-worded answer.

When Lane Kiffin took the job at USC two years ago, he brought offensive line coach James Cregg with him. Cregg, a native of Norco, has been coaching for 14 seasons. Before his short time at Tennessee, he had coached at Idaho, Colgate, Colorado State, and the Oakland Raiders. For most of his coaching carrier, Cregg had coached the defensive line.

With most of his coaching carrier being on the defensive side of the ball, Cregg has a good understanding of the X's and O's, as well as the mind-set of the defensive line. That, combined with his coaching and playing experience at OL, helped his young line take a more physical approach to its game and not allowing it to be less intense or physical because of inexperience.

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