A USC defense currently ranked 68th in the nation in stopping the pass should receive a boost this Saturday. That’s because cornerback Anthony Brown, who hyperextended his left knee against Hawaii in the first game of the season and hasn’t played since, told The Los Angeles Times this week that he’ll be starting when the Trojans take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this weekend.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown should help strengthen a USC secondary that’s given up 714 passing yards and seven touchdowns over the past two games (against Arizona State and Arizona). Brown recorded 16 tackles before breaking his ankle as a freshman in 2011, and he had 18 tackles as a backup in 2012. He’s also blocked a punt for a touchdown in his career.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish don’t exactly have the type of high-powered passing attack the ASU and Arizona possess. Senior quarterback Tommy Rees has thrown for a respectable 249.0 yards per game in 2013, but he’s only completing 51.7% of his passes and has thrown six interceptions.
[Source: The Lost Angeles Times]