USC’s junior strong safety Demetrius Wright had a stellar spring. So much so in fact, that he earned an ‘OR’ tag from Lane Kiffin, denoting him to be co-starters with Jawanza Starling heading into fall camp. Through three days, Wright’s progression has continued, as he’s earned MVP status according to Kiffin.
Wright has been a mainstay in the Trojans’ special teams of late, and he recorded 13 tackles as a sophomore last season. This season, he brings experience to the depths of the USC secondary, due to this being his third fall camp since his arrival in 2010, and his fifth camp overall.
The 6-foot-1 safety picked off Matt Barkley on Wednesday night, and after practice, Lane Kiffin said he had turned the corner as player. Coupled with his strong spring, it makes you wonder just how big of a role he’ll play this season. Wright will backup Starling, at least initially, but if he continues to impress the Kiffins with his play, there’s no telling how much playing time he’ll get at strong safety, considering that Marshall Jones has graduated.
Jones started at Colorado last season alongside Drew McAllister, as the Trojans had to replace an injured Starling and a suspended T.J. McDonald. Without Jones, Wright becomes the only challenger to Starling, and his experience and strong play in practice is giving him a reason to keep getting looks.
The secondary is without a doubt the deepest unit for Troy, with a combined 80 starts between the squad, and guys like Wright and McAllister bolster the safety position, along with transfers Josh Shaw and Gerald Bowman. For a team handcuffed by a 75-man scholarship limit, having such quality depth at a position and a unit in general, cannot be understated.