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Greg Burns shares insight on his young, but talented DB corps

August 14, 2019

When Greg Burns was hired to replace Ronnie Bradford as USC’s Defensive Backs Coach in December, the Trojans had concluded one of the worst seasons in nearly 20 years, the depth of the Trojan’s secondary was extremey depleted and recruits were eliminating USC from consideration on a daily basis.

The football program was in dire need of significant changes and Burns was a proven coach who’d already had much success for the Trojans when he was Pete Carroll’s DB Coach 17 years ago. Many of the players Burns coached at USC were vocal about their approval of the hire on Social Media and others were privately.

Darrell Rideaux is one of the players who not only was fired up about Burns return to USC, he explained why. That’s a story for another day, but even those of us observing practices in the Spring and now Fall Camp, can see the impact he’s had on his guys.

He’s an effective teacher, but he’s also a coach who won’t tolerate half-assed effort. He and GA Chris Hawkins have also brought discipline back to a group that desperately needed it. In three words, we’ve been impressed.

USC Scoop had our first opportunity to speak to Burns this Fall Camp and he talked about what he’s seen from the DBs this month, what he expects from them as the Trojans prepare to face Fresno St. In less than three weeks and much, much more.

It’s well worth hearing what he has to say.


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