USC football’s No. 23 dominant defender: Shaun Cody
Not only was Shaun Cody one of the most pivotal players of the Carroll Era as a momentum-shifting recruiting, but he was also a dominant force as part of the famed Wild Bunch II defensive line.
A tenacious interior lineman opposite of Mike Patterson, Cody set the tone for what a defensive lineman should look like in Carroll’s defense.
But the Wild Bunch tackle wasn’t just a product of his surroundings. As a senior in 2004 after the departures of ends Kenechi Udeze and Omar Nazel, Cody led the Trojans with 10 sacks for a loss of 88 yards. His 8.8 yards per sack average stands as the second-highest among sack leaders in USC’s recorded history, just short of Marcus Cotton’s 9.5-yard average in 1985.
He recorded 31.5 tackles for loss when it was all said and done, and took home All-American honors in his final season before the Trojans went on to win their second-straight national championship in a 55-19 romp of Oklahoma.
All told, Cody won a pair of national and Pac-10 titles, was a two-time All-Pac-10 first-teamer, an All-American and blocked an incredible five field goals.