The process of finding the greatest player to ever don the cardinal and gold now takes a look at the Cover region, specifically the defensive backs.
Several Trojan greats have roamed the defensive backfield including some who appear on the bracket such as, Ronnie Lott, Tim McDonald and Troy Polamalu.
However there are also notable omissions as not everyone could make the cut — Darnell Bing and T.J. McDonald come to mind.
Nonetheless, the group of defensive backs bracket is full of competition, with two or three names conceivably in the running to emerge victorious.
No. 1 Ronnie Lott
Lott’s now iconic No. 42 jersey was a quite the force and certainly gave opposing receivers and quarterbacks nightmares.
During his time as a Trojan, Lott was a member of a 28-game winning streak, earned All-conference first team honors in 1979 and 1980, and was a consensus All-American also in the 1980 season.
The hard-hitting safety recorded 250 tackles and 14 interceptions as a Trojan.
Lott won two Rose Bowls and has since been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
No. 8 Charles Phillips
Not often brought up in conversation as one of the greatest ever, Phillips won titles with the Trojans in 1972 and 1974.
A ball hawk, Phillips had 13 career interceptions, highlighted by seven in 1974. During that season, Phillips had 302 yards in interceptions returns.
Phillips played in three Rose Bowls from 1973-1975. Phillips went on to play five seasons in the NFL, all with the Oakland Raiders.
Troy64: Ronnie Lott vs. Charles Phillips
- Ronnie Lott (97%, 113 Votes)
- Charles Phillips (3%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 116