The USC Trojans are set to make one of Steve Sarkisian’s final hires for his inital coaching staff in 2014. According to reports from Football Scoop, Sarkisian will hire current San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Tim Drevno.
Sources tell us San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Tim Drevno will be the new offensive line coach at USC following the season.
The 49ers travel to Lambeau Field this weekend to play the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round of NFL Playoffs, meaning that he could get officially announced at USC as soon as next Monday.
Drevno, a Cal State Fullerton grad joined Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers starting in 2011, where he’s been since. In 2013, the 49ers gave up 39 sacks, good for 11th in the league.
The veteran coach has experience in the Pac-12, as he coached both tight ends and offensive line at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. Under Drevno’s tutelage in 2009 and 2010, the Cardinal offensive line allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked a total of just 14 times, ranking second in the nation in both seasons.
That would be a welcome sign for the Trojans, who struggled to protect Cody Kessler at times in 2013. USC ranked 106th in the nation in pass protection this past season despite playing with two position coaches.
Should Drevno officially join the staff as reported, he would be the eight assistant coach named to Steve Sarkisian’s staff. He would be the first hire outside of USC’s existing staff or Sarkisian’s staff from Washington.