A Mystery and an Answer

USC junior defensive end Morgan Breslin has been who Coach Lane Kiffin is calling the biggest surprise of the season. Breslin declines to comment.

He's the surprise of the season at USC. On a roster boasting a Heisman hopeful and multiple All-Americans, the talk around Troy is all about junior college transfer Morgan Breslin.

Starting all four games for the Trojans this season, Breslin has tallied 19 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end played every snap on Saturday against California, notably making a tackle on the first play of the game and a sack on the very last.

Coach Lane Kiffin says the last fact is a "cool story" to point out to the rest of his team, "(It's) a guy playing on the first snap of the game and the last snap of the game at the same speed," he said. At this rate, Breslin appears to be the answer for the Trojans' defensive line, a unit Kiffin admitted to be his top concern entering the season.

Breslin has declined media requests for interviews, informing USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone that he is flattered, but politely declines the opportunity.

He is content to let his play on the field do all the talking and it goes without saying, it is making statements. Breslin's 9.5 tackles for a loss are good enough to place him in fourth on the NCAA leaderboard.

But his numbers alone only tell half of his story.

When asked what he brings to the field, Kiffin says "relentless play." He also says Breslin has been the biggest surprise on his team this season.

Prompted to reveal insight into the transfer's personality, Kiffin looks as though he doesn't know much, but seems to reveal everything. "He does not have a personality, at all," he says, with a growing grin, "But he did have a girlfriend. They said that this year."

"(It is) very surprising, because we don't hear him talk."

According to the coach, Breslin's only choice of words are "Fight on."

"We try to get him to (talk) in the meetings," Kiffin explained, "Friday night meetings we try to get him to talk and he just says ‘Fight on'."

If he continues to have his way, Breslin will continue to be the defensive line's best answer and will remain its biggest mystery.

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