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2013 USC Football Player Report Card: Su'a Cravens


Freshman safety Su’a Cravens lived up to the billing of being Rivals.com’s No. 1 rated prospect in California for the 2013 class.

Cravens got an early start on his career at USC as he enrolled in spring of 2013, which allowed him to participate in spring practice.

By the numbers: 53 tackles, six tackles for loss and four interceptions.

What went right: Cravens was a starter from the beginning of the season and only missed on game — Nov. 1 against Oregon State.

In his Trojan debut, Cravens recorded four tackles and an impressive interception.

He was the first true freshman to start at safety for USC in the season opener since Darnell Bing in 2003.

Cravens finished eighth on the team in tackles and second in interceptions.

The highlight of his season came against Stanford on Nov. 16 when he intercepted a tipped Kevin Hogan pass attempt late in the fourth quarter.

What went wrong: Not much, if anything, went wrong for Cravens in 2013.

What’s next: With 13 starts under his belt, the expectations for Cravens figure to increase in 2014 as he’ll be viewed as a “veteran” on the defensive side of the ball.

Final Grade: A+

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  • Charles Kisepi

    I felt he could have done a lot better. I saw the National Championship between Florida St. and Auburn, and I saw one of our former top recruits (Jelen Ramsey#13/Safety) for the Seminals start, boy was I impressed. Watching him play, you would have never thought he was a True-Frosh. He played aggressive, really didn’t make any mistakes, made a few game saving tackles, stripping balls out of the opponents hands, he knew his coverage schemes, like he knew what he was doing out there, didn’t look lost one bit, played fast and all out, didn’t blink an eye. The reason for me saying all these things, because when these guys came out of High School, (Sua Cravens#21/Safety) was the highly touted safety, the next coming of Charles Woodson, who had arrived at (U.S.C) for the Spring Semester, so he had a head start, where (Sua) should have mastered his position and overall schemes that he was responsible for knowing. I felt he didn’t come through, mind you, he did make some critical plays at critical times, but it was his overall performance. He had a lot of blown coverages, which he had made a few times, and being the supposed dangerous tackler coming out of his class in High School, he had a few one on one plays were he should have made the opened feel tackle, instead, looked like the True-Frosh that was labeled right next to his name. (Jalen) on the other hand, came in the summer, was a unknown 4-Star Player from Tennessee, who claimed up the ranks last minute, wasn’t as touted as (Sua), performed the whole season when he got the chance to start, and ended the year with a stellar performance in a high profile match up in the (B.C.S) Title Game against some future 1st. Rounders on National T.V and delivered. I’m not saying (Sua) is a horrible player, I’m just saying he could have brought in a little bit more to the table of “The Bigggg Dogs”, where I thought (Jalen ) did an exceptional job at, for being the Under dog that he was coming out of Grade School. That’s just my opinion. But then again, he now has a year under his belt, I think he’ll do a better job this time around.