Since his first season as a redshirt freshman starter in 2011, Dion Bailey was a defensive standout for USC.
Bailey finished tied for the team lead with 81 tackles in 2011, finished third with 80 tackles in 2012, and fourth in 2013 with 62 tackles.
By the numbers: 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and a team-high five interceptions.
What went right: Bailey moved back to a hybrid safety position from linebacker in 2013 and didn’t miss a beat.
With more freedom to roam, Bailey flashed his ball-hawking ability and came away with five interceptions.
Bailey’s most significant interception in 2013 came against Stanford in the fourth quarter.
His 2013 single-game high in tackles was 10, which he recorded in the disappointing home loss to Washington State.
What went wrong: Not much went wrong for Bailey in 2013.
His total number of tackles did decrease from 2012, which can in part be attributed to him not being completely healthy last season.
What’s next: Bailey declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, and according to NFLdraftscout.com, he is the No. 4 free safety available.
Final Grade: A
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