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USC 2012 Evaluations: CB Torin Harris

Stats: 30 tackles (22 solo, eight assisted), one tackle for loss, six pass break-ups

What Stood Out: Torin Harris set a career high with 30 tackles in 2012.

What Needed Work:  For much of the season, the weak spot of the USC defense was classified as ‘the corner spot opposite of Nickell Robey’. And, for much of the early part of the season, that was Torin Harris. Against Syracuse, Harris was beat multiple times on deep routes, as he appeared to be continually in a state of flux between playing a man defense and dropping into a deep cover zone as a corner. It cost the Trojans. Harris’s struggles covering wideouts reared its head at Utah in addition to Syracuse, and was enough of a struggle for Monte Kiffin to move Josh Shaw from a backup safety role to starting at corner in place of Harris. Additionally, Harris was academically ineligible for the Sun Bowl, making him the second corner to be lost, after Wiley’s banishment.

Final Word: Before getting hurt early in 2011, Torin Harris was a solid corner for the Trojans, as he came up in big spots, including a game-clinching interception against Minnesota in the final moments. In 2012 however, with the added pressure of Isiah Wiley’s academic departure, Harris never found that grove again, and he struggled to cover receivers all season long.

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