Sep 22, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive end Morgan Breslin (91) sacks California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynoard (15) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

USC 2012 Evaluations: DE Morgan Breslin

Stats: 13 games played, 62 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss (107 yards), 13 sacks, 4 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble

What Stood Out:Morgan Breslin came to USC relatively unknown, and almost immediately established himself as one of the most reliable anchor’s to the Trojan defensive line. With just two sacks shy of the national high for 2012, Breslin was incredibly dominant, a quiet storm that rained down holy hell upon opposing quarterbacks. With Devon Kennard missing 2012 to injury, Breslin was tasked with filling his shoes, and he did so masterfully. He doesn’t say much, but he is persistent, tenacious, and quick off the edge; he will surely be a leader on this team in 2013.

What Needed Work:There were games when Breslin was totally locked in and there, and then there we some games where he totally wasn’t. That could be due to the fact that teams would run away from him in favor of freshman DE Leonard Williams–who has shown to be a hot-head and get frustrated, drawing personal fouls–and in those games, Breslin didn’t really create. When Breslin got taken out of the game, he didn’t really do anything to put himself back in it. He is definitely consistent, dogged and a playmaker; he just needs to force opposing offenses to account for him all the time, not just when the play goes to his side.

Final Word: Getting Breslin out of the junior college system was huge for USC, and his impact cannot be understated. He will return as a starter at DE for USC and expect him to only get better in 2013. It will be interesting to see how Breslin’s role evolves under the direction of Clancy Pendergast–who will utilize both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme with the Trojans–but he surely will adapt and will continue to be the playmaker he has proven to be.

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