30 Key Trojans: #7 Kevon Seymour

The 30 Key Trojans countdown continues with senior defensive back Kevon Seymour, who has shown he is ready to be a shutdown corner.

It’s officially game week!

The 2015 USC football season begins on Saturday when the Trojans take on Arkansas State at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk and the offense are ready to get the ball rolling down the field and the trio of defensive captains (Antwaun Woods, Su’a Cravens and Anthony Sarao) will try to stop the Red Wolves potent offensive attack.

You can practically smell the bacon-wrapped hot dogs and the Rose Garden already. But until we get to Saturday, we continue our countdown of the 30 key Trojans this season — the 30 USC players most important to the Trojans’ success this season. This list is not the 30 most talented players or the 30 players that will put up the best stats, but instead the guys that could propel USC to a successful season.

Which players’ success is key for the Trojans’ season to be a success?

7. Kevon Seymour - Senior

Immediately, you notice something different. It’s the same body in the No. 13 jersey, but the distinguishing characteristic of four-year old braids swaying across his shoulder pads is gone. Senior Kevon Seymour had determined that this season is his job interview. This is his opportunity to showcase his abilities and put on tape what he is capable of for NFL talent evaluators.

So gone are the braids Seymour has had since he first stepped onto the USC campus. Seymour, an increasingly rare true senior, knows he will be shaking hands with NFL personnel this season and he wants to make the right impression. He said he’s also working off the field towards securing his future, if football doesn’t work out, taking a look at opportunities such as internships.

He’s a player that has seen the slow, but steady progression of four years on campus. Seymour was thrust into the mix immediately when he stepped on campus after being a high school All-American at Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. He played in eight games as a backup and on special teams and made five tackles — all coming in the first two games of the year.

As a sophomore, Seymour started the season opener against Hawai’i, but didn’t record a statistic. He backed up Torin Harris the next three games before taking over as the full-time starting cornerback opposite of Josh Shaw. Seymour hasn’t relinquished his starting role since, starting all 23 games the Trojans have played after his promotion back to first team.

His sophomore season Seymour finished with 48 tackles, six deflections and an interception. He had a career-high eight tackles in the Arizona State debacle in the desert, but after a solid six tackles and his first career interception at Oregon State, Seymour’s breakout game came at the Las Vegas Bowl against Fresno State. Seymour faced off with some NFL-caliber receivers and came away with seven tackles and one deflection

Last year, he built on his numbers, producing 49 tackles, an interception and a recovered fumble. The Trojans’ top cornerback with Shaw suspended for the majority of the season, Seymour also had 13 deflections — second best in the Pac-12 and No. 12 in the nation overall. This year he hopes to turn more of those into interceptions and he’s put in the work to make most believe they will come.

While he doesn’t possess the explosiveness of Adoree’ Jackson, Seymour is the Trojans’ No. 1 cornerback and gives USC an opportunity at potentially having a pair of shutdown defensive backs that can neutralize an opponent’s top two receiving weapons. Everyday going up against the physicality and speed combination that Juju Smith-Schuster possesses has only made Seymour better. He also feels more comfortable in Justin Wilcox's defense in season two and has said he can focus on his assignment rather than alignment this year.

That helped Seymour be one of the stars of USC’s spring sessions and he has tried to carry that over into fall camp. After getting off to a strong start, he suffered a big scare when he injured his knee in a one-on-one drill. It took him about a week to get back to full strength, but Seymour looks to be ready for opening kickoff when the Red Wolves come to town on Saturday.


“Even though he’s going to be a senior, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to improve – improve our competitiveness every single play, every single day. I think we’re starting to see that more with Kevon. He’s a really talented guy. It’s getting him in the right frame of mind, then keeping him there and playing with an edge. When you’re out there at corner and you’re by yourself, you have to have that edge.

“I think Kevon has vastly improved there, and it showed today. We challenged him a bunch. He and JuJu were going at it all day, and Kevon performed very well.” — USC head coach Steve Sarkisian (during spring practice)


“Being a technician. Technique and perfecting my craft.” — Kevon Seymour


“Two ways Kevon has made himself the player USC needs him to be opposite Adoree'. He's not second-guessing himself, just playing the way a senior should -- a senior on his way to the NFL. He's also become a quiet leader -- never the vocal guy -- who leads by example now in ways his teammates are picking up on.

"As the guy opposite Adoree', he knows teams are coming his way. His response, much the same as it is when he chooses to go against JuJu day after day in drills, is a simple one: Bring it on." — Dan Weber, USCfootball.com


Kevon Seymour checks in with Keely Eure at the end of fall camp to provide an update on his knee injury and how the fall has progressed:

RankPlayerTotal PointsHighLow
7Kevon Seymour131 pts5 (Gerard Martinez)14 (Twice)
8Antwaun Woods125 pts7 (Ryan Abraham)17 (Dan Weber)
9Justin Davis124 pts6 (Austin Geller)16 (Shotgun Spratling)
10Lamar Dawson121 pts2 (Shotgun Spratling)17 (Keely Eure)
11Steven Mitchell Jr.120 pts8 (Shotgun Spratling)13 (Dan & Ryan)
12Claude Pelon109 pts9 (Dan Weber)17 (Austin Geller)
13Tre Madden98 pts6 (Dan Weber)Not listed (Shotgun Spratling)
14Chad Wheeler92 pts6 (Keely Eure)Not listed (Shotgun Spratling)
15Iman Marshall86 pts11 (Ryan Abraham)25 (Shotgun Spratling)
16Delvon Simmons84 pts1 (Shotgun Spratling)28 (Gerard Martinez)
17Jabari Ruffin79 pts12 (Dan Weber)25 (Ryan Abraham)
18Anthony Sarao77 pts13 (Keely Eure)26 (Austin Geller)
19Zach Banner72 pts12 (Shotgun Sprating)Not listed (Austin Geller)
20John Plattenburg68 pts15 (Keely Eure)29 (Austin Geller)
21Damien Mama49 pts18 (Gerard Martinez)27 (DanWeber)
22Connor Spears44 pts13 (Austin Geller)Not listed (Twice)
23Max Browne43 pts19 (Twice)Not listed (Shotgun Spratling)
24Leon McQuay III40 pts17 (Ryan Abraham)Not listed (Twice)
25Osa Masina39 pts15 (Gerard Martinez)Not listed (Keely Eure)
26Darreus Rogers36 pts19 (Shotgun Spratling)Not listed (Dan Weber)
27Matt Boermeester35 pts18 (Dan Weber)Not listed (Twice)
28Chris Hawkins34 pts21 (Twice)Not listed (Twice)
29Viane Talamaivao23 pts22 (Keely Eure)Not listed (Three times)
30Ykili Ross21 pts22 (Austin Geller)Not listed (Twice)

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