Has very well-defined muscle tone - Very quick to react to plays - Has a sudden burst coming out of his backpedal and an explosive closing burst - Has the acceleration needed to stay with receivers on deep routes - Stays low in his pads, doing a nice job of mirroring tight ends in the short area - Quick in his zone assignment switch-offs and is very effective working deep - Has the leaping ability to combat for the ball at its highest point, showing excellent hand/eye coordination.
Three-year starter who became the Trojans' first two-time All-American since Tony Boselli (1992 and '94). One of three finalists for the 2002 Thorpe Award, he is hailed as the school's finest defensive back since the Ronnie Lott era (1977-80). Recorded 278 tackles with 29 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 6 interceptions (returned 3 for touchdowns), 13 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 blocked punts during his career.
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