USC Football All-Decade Team: Best Trojans of the 2010s

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Talanoa Hufanga can get even better for USC football (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
Talanoa Hufanga can get even better for USC football (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy) /

USC football 2010s SS: Talanoa Hufanga

Arguably the most controversial pick on Reign of Troy’s All-Decade team goes to Talanoa Hufanga. In 17 games across his first two seasons, Hufanga has established himself as one of the brightest young stars in USC’s secondary, earning his spot.

As a freshman in 2018, Hufanga amassed 51 tackles in eight games of action before missing the rest of the season with injury.

He returned in 2019 finally healthy and quickly made his mark as the most gifted player on the field for the Trojans at any given time. He missed three games as a sophomore due to injury, but made his way back for a truly outstanding performance against UCLA. He posted 18 tackles, the most in a game since Troy Polamalu, along with two tackles for loss, a sack and a pass break up.

It’s that kind of performance that has hopes so high for the Oregon native.

2nd-Team SS: Leon McQuay III Leon McQuay III took much longer to live up to the hype of his recruitment, but his strong senior campaign in 2016 elevates him into the All-Decade discussion. He set up USC’s epic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State with a late interception.

3rd-Team SS: Chris Hawkins Chris Hawkins was a versatile contributor for USC, starting 36 times at strong safety, free safety and cornerback. He was named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pac-12 first team in 2017.