USC vs. Cal: Defensive Report Card

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Defensive line: B

Without Leonard Williams, the coaching staff was forced to make an adjustment with their rotations and formations on the line.

Antwaun Woods helped fill the void with five tackles, including one tackle for loss.

The Trojans were only able to record two sacks, but they placed early pressure on Cal quarterback Jared Goff, which stifled the Bears’ attempts to get back in the game.

Linebackers: A

No one individual stood out, but as a group, the linebackers had a solid performance.

They didn’t force any turnovers, but they were active and made their presence felt.

Michael Hutchings, Devon Kennard, Quinton Powell, Hayes Pullard, Jabari Ruffin, Scott Starr, and J.R. Tavai all had at least four tackles.

Kennard had one of the team’s two sacks.

Secondary: C

Either Kevon Seymour is a magnet for the football, or opposing teams are targeting him for a reason.

For the second consecutive game, Seymour struggled to keep track of his responsibility and lost his footing on multiple occasions.

Su’a Cravens returned to the lineup after missing last week’s game with a groin injury, but his impact was minimal.

Goff had thrown an interception in six games and the Trojans had intercepted at least one pass in their previous two games.

Cravens has proven to be a ballhawk, but he, along with the rest of the Trojan secondary, were unable to intercept Goff.

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