A few nerves but no problem for Cravens

Freshman safety Su'a Cravens came into USC a a highly touted five-star recruit. He earned his first start in the season opener at Hawaii... and he grabbed his first of what could be many interceptions in the 2013 season.

USC freshman Su'a Cravens is usually calm, cool, collected and very serious when it comes to the game of football.

After the Trojans season opening 30-13 win Thursday night over Hawaii, he was smiling from ear to ear.

Cravens, a 2013 five-star recruit, started his first career game and grabbed his first career interception in it.

"It was just right place at the right time," Cravens said after the game. "Our coach called a great defense, our corner [Anthony Brown] did a great job at jamming the first receiver and it made my responsibility a little easier to break on the ball."

"I've never seen [Dion Bailey] so happy, he told me I better eat and do my stuff," Cravens continued. "I just really wanted to do my thing and I know my mom is probably at home crying, so I'm just glad I had a good performance."

Though he told FOX Sports NEXT in Los Angeles before departing for Hawaii that he "never" gets nervous before games and didn't expect to this time around -- well, the nerves did creep in just before kickoff.

"When I got on the field and saw the band and the crowd I got a little nervous, but after the first series I was good," he said.

Cravens, playing in the debut of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 5-2 scheme, made four tackles. The defense collected four interceptions, the most since facing Fresno State in 2005.

"We wanted to make a statement and I think we did that," Cravens said. "This is the new Trojan defense and there's a lot to come."

Junior safety Dion Bailey led with a team-high 7 tackles. The Trojans grabbed four interceptions, safety Josh Shaw running one back 35-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Trojans a comfortable 17-5 lead.

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