Kiffin not ready to name QB, Pendergast majorly concerned about corners
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Sunday April 14, 2013
Posted by: Pete Roussel on April 14, 2013
USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast indicated recently that he's never found himself during his career with so little to work with at the cornerback position.
The Trojans concluded spring practice on Saturday with a scrimmage in The Coliseum. Afterwards, Pendergast seemed pleased overall about the progress of installing a new system.
"I like where we're at. I like this group. I think they are very diligent workers. A number of them are very smart football IQ wise, so maybe we could do a little more than I anticipated throughout the spring."
The cornerback position is a major concern, however.
Pendergast said, "Playing cornerback is a position where you really have to study and know your limitations, know what offenses like to do. I was fortunate to be in Dallas when Deion Sanders was playing there. There wasn't a player that studied more than him, when to make plays, splits of receivers, how to jump certain things, how to take calculated chances. He had a great skill-set, but all of his stuff was very calculated. As a young coach moving through my career, I've always tried to bring those things over into the groups that I've coached. Once you gameplan people and understand coverages, it allows the player maybe to make a few more plays."
Meanwhile, Lane Kiffin indicated the Trojans will enter August without naming a starting quarterback.
Kiffin said, "No, I don't think so. We'll go back and watch the film, but I would not imagine a decision coming out of today. I think when we watch this, we're going to see them both make a lot of plays, which is nice to have. A lot of people are trying to find one really good quarterback, I think we have three."
About the defense, he said, "I think we're really comfortable with where it's at. We just have to get some guys back healthy in the secondary. I think the front seven is really starting to come around."
Here's more from Pendergast.
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