Last season, the now-21-year-old receiver had eight receptions of 40+ yards, finishing the season with 89 catches for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns.
"Ridley is an explosive dude," USC sophomore cornerback Iman Marshall said. "You know he can take the top off of defenses, so you always have to respect the speed and respect the player that he is. He made a lot of big plays for Alabama last year. We come out and we've got to respect that and play our game."
Marshall knows Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is likely to challenge the Trojans secondary, particularly trying to find mismatches for Ridley.
USC fans know well that Kiffin isn't afraid to target a receiver over and over if he sees a matchup he likes. Ridley had at least four catches in the final 14 games of the year, including nine games with six or more receptions.
But Marshall isn't planning to change the way he plays.
"Approach it how I usually approach every game," Marshall said. "Just come out and play my game. I can't play any other game. I just got to do what I've got to do. Take care of my job and make it simple."
Though they are two different types of explosive receivers, it can't hurt that the USC secondary has to line up against still 19-year-old star junior receiver Juju Smith-Schuster on a daily basis.
Watch Iman Marshall, above, talk about his approach facing defending Ridley and Alabama, the prestige of both programs and playing alongside confident freshman Jack Jones.
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