Five impact redshirt freshmen for USC Football in 2018

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Mar 14, 2018, 11:00 PM PDT
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Greg Johnson | Cornerback

It got lost in the crisis in the defensive trenches, but USC’s cornerback unit was also hit hard by injury in 2017. The Trojans regularly dressed just three corners: Iman Marshall, Jack Jones and Isaiah Langley.

That’s not how it was supposed to go, as USC brought in at least one cornerback in the class of 2017 capable of playing right away. Four-star athlete Greg Johnson certainly had the look of a freshman contributor.

The bad news, he was one of the defense backs who were lost to injury early. The good news, having appeared in just three games before suffering a shoulder injury before the Washington State game, he qualified for a medical redshirt.

As a result, he enters the 2018 as a redshirt freshman with something to prove.

While he’s back on the field for Spring Camp, he has yet to be cleared for contact, so his opportunities will be somewhat limited for the time being.

When he does get back fully, he’ll be competing for playing time with a mix of veterans and newcomers, but he’ll have as much a chance as anyone to break through. He’s a fluid athlete who progressed quickly in fall camp last year.