Spring battles: cornerback

The Trojans will look to find a replacement for the departed Nickell Robey during spring practices, as well as look for a permanent fixture on the opposite side of the field.

Torrin Harris, RS senior
Torin Harris started opposite of Nickell Robey at cornerback for most of the 2012 season, until USC head coach Lane Kiffin decided it was time to make a change at the position. Harris was unable to find consistency and was liable to give up explosive plays over his head, often in the end zone. Harris will have one last spring to prove he can man a position in the Trojans' secondary, but he seemed to have more than enough chances last season -- and progress never really showed. Harris made 30 tackles in ten games played.

Anthony Brown, RS junior
Anthony Brown was buried in the depth chart last season behind Shaw and Harris. In ten games played he made 18 tackles. Brown saw sporadic time at corner due to the struggles of Harris, but he too was liable to allow explosive plays by the offense.

Ryan Henderson, RS sophomore
Ryan Henderson only saw action in three games this season for the Trojans and found himself third on the depth chart behind Seymour and Robey. It will be an uphill battle for Henderson to move up the depth chart this spring with the addition of Devian Shelton and Chris Hawkins in the mix.

Kevon Seymour, sophomore
Kevon Seymour played in eight games as a freshman. He was second on the depth chart through the season behind Nickell Robey. During fall camp Seymour made noticeable strides. With the departure of Robey, Seymour will undoubtedly get more reps and will be a favorite to win a starting spot.

Ryan Dillard, sophomore
Walk-on Ryan Dillard earned valuable playing time on special teams in 2012 and even saw a few snaps at cornerback in a couple of blowout wins. He was an exceptional practice player through the season, even blocking a extra-point attempts. Expect Dillard to be an intense practice player again in 2013, a special teams contributor, and he'll see time at corner if the Trojans go into the fourth with a comfortable lead.

Devian Shelton, RS freshman
Devian Shelton redshirted the 2012 season and will look to make an immediate impact in 2013. Shelton was noticeably behind Seymour at the break of fall camp, but look for him to compete for a spot this spring.

Chris Hawkins, freshman
Chris Hawkins was able to enroll early for the Trojans this spring, allowing him to get a jump start at bolstering the depth at corner. Hawkins is a four-star corner who could make an immediate impact for USC, as they still lack depth and experience at this position that plagued them all season. If Hawkins wants to earn a starting spot, this spring will be crucial for him to adjust to the speed of college receivers.

My Prediction:Kevon Seymour and Torin Harris will top the depth charts.

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