Redshirt senior linebacker Devon Kennard’s career at USC took several twists before it all came together in 2013.
Kennard signed with USC in 2009 as a defensive end, but was transitioned to middle linebacker under Monte Kiffin’s Tampa-2 defense in 2010.
The change lasted one season as Kennard was back to his more natural position in 2011 and was slated to return there in 2012, but missed the season due to a torn pectoral.
By the numbers: 60 tackles, nine sacks, 10 quarterback hurries.
What went right: Kennard bounced back from his 2012 injury to finish fifth on the team in total tackles in the 2013 season.
Kennard’s 60 tackles mark the second-highest total he had at USC, and are more than double his 29 tackles in 2011.
Two of his better performances of the season both came on the road. First, against Hawaii in the season opener, then against Oregon State on a November trip up to Corvallis, Ore.
Kennard led the team with 13 tackles for loss, and in sacks, with nine.
What went wrong: As a redshirt senior, Kennard figured to provide plenty of experience as an aggressive pass-rusher off the edge.
While he did record nine sacks, you’d be hard pressed into saying Kennard had many game-changing moments.
What’s next: With his Trojan career behind him, Kennard will prepare for pro day at USC and the NFL combine.
Final Grade: A
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