Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast took on a tall task when he accepted the position at USC.
In 15 practices Pendergast was able to install a new defensive scheme and said following the Trojans spring game he accomplished what he set out to through the allotted sessions.
"I feel good with where we are at from an installation standpoint," Pendergast said. "I like this group. They are very diligent workers. A high number of them are very smart football IQ wise, so we maybe did a little more than I anticipated through spring."
Pendergast cited a lack of experience and the teaching of new techniques for the struggles of the Trojans' secondary. He did say he believes progress was made and that these defensive players will not face another receiver in the country as good as Marqise Lee.
"It's been a group that's been inconsistent at times," Pendergast said, "and is a work in progress -- really like the whole defense."
But I think we have some young guys that are talented that will just have to continue to work and we'll see how the do next fall," he continued.
Not shown on the depth chart is the possibility of the move from safety back to cornerback for Josh Shaw. Shaw originally took reps at safety when he arrived at USC before being moved to corner partway through the 2012 season. Pendergast and head coach Lane Kiffin said the move back to corner is a definite possibility if there isn't progress shown by players at the position.
"I just think Shaw gives us some flexibility," Pendergast said. "We want smart, tough, competitive players playing this defense and he is one of those smart, tough, competitive players."
Shaw is currently listed as a co-starter at strong safety with freshman Su'a Cravens.